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McIntoshLinguistics editing systems

An inventory/product list of our paid-for-access systems

Our systems are designed to help you edit your manuscript to meet traditional publishing standards.

The importance of having a professional mindset

What is a professional mindset?

According to Thomas Frank, YouTuber, Author and Entreprenuer, a professional mindset “is simply not relying on inspiration to strike in order for you to do your creative work.”
James Clear . . . said that you do not rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems. So when you can build a system like this, when you can put yourself on a schedule, you fall here [up to the level of your goals] instead of here [down to the level of your systems].

Thomas Frank

So whether it’s launching men into outer space or doing creative work at home . . . it turns out that systems are important.

Dagogo Altraide (ColdFusion)

Building Perfect Book Blocks: Working with Special Characters, Proofing Language, Document Cleanup and Quality Check


Eventually you arrive at the galley proof or page proof (the final proof) of your book. But how do you get there with a document that has been constantly evolving? Content has been added and removed; it has been formatted and reformatted. However, you now need to build those perfect book blocks.

You can do so via this detailed process involving your paying careful attention to special characters, such as non-breaking spaces, optional hyphens and the like, that impact end-of-line hyphenation. Using Microsoft Word, you will be able to produce a typographically vetted document that is free of widows, orphans, runs, stacks and other formatting inconsistencies.

 

Dynamic Editing Worksheet: Vetting via SSORE


This dynamic worksheet categorizes the recurring patterns and different kinds of structures in literary manuscripts according to Syntax & Semantics, Orthography and Readability Elements. It also uses the framework of Lexical-Function Grammar to study and verify the logic of words, grammatical functions and patterns of phrases that create meaning.

See The SSORE of writing & editing in action (coming soon!).