Best proofreader EVER

I came across @nyttypos from these two articles – here and here – and now I’m wondering where he’s been all my life.

A self-described “appellate lawyer and persnickety dude,” he’s delightfully witty and scathing* in his tweets – a college-level course in grammar.

Follow and learn!

*Normally I wouldn’t use “scathing” to describe something positive. However, in the case of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation, scathing is appropriate. There are too many means of checking your writing to ever claim ignorance.

Circling the © sign: resources on copyright law

If you’re going to write and get published – whether blog posts, newspaper/magazine articles, books, whatever – sooner or later you’re going to encounter these (and other) issues with copyright:

  • Knowing how and when to file a copyright on your work.
  • Making sure you’re not violating copyright or fair use laws when you’re quoting or linking to someone else’s work or site.
  • Knowing what to do if someone violates the copyright on your work.

The U.S. Copyright Office has more information than you ever thought you’d need on copyright laws and policies, including details on Title 17 of the U.S. Code and Fair Use.

Find them on Twitter (@CopyrightOffice) or on YouTube (/uscopyrightoffice).

They also have a blog and offer several email subscriptions.

Another excellent resource is Copyright Law in 2020 Explained in One Page, which is much more readable than the .gov info.

LOC is a researcher’s BFF

Doing some research on your work-in-progress? Check out the Library of Congress Research and Reference Services. You’ll want to bookmark it so you can spend quality time there.

I found it to be one of the most pleasant rabbit holes I’d ever gone down.

If you’re not familiar, I recommend starting at the Quick Links (on the far right column) with the Getting Started and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

Also bookmark-worthy:

Must Read: Publishing 101 by Jane Friedman

I give Publishing 101 5/5 stars.

The subtitle is “A First-Time Author’s Guide to Getting Published, Marketing and Promoting Your Book, and Building a Successful Career,” and that’s exactly what you get with this book — and more.

Written by the former editor of Writer’s Digest – and current editor of The Hot Sheet – this book is a practical, no-nonsense deep dive into publishing.

As the title and subtitle say, the book is marketed to first-time authors, but it’s a valuable resource for any level.

The last chapter (following the afterword), Recommended Resources, is worth the price of the book alone. But you’ll find value on every page. Author Jane Friedman has two decades of experience in the publishing industry, and she knows of which she speaks.

Be sure to check out her website (tons of advice there) and sign up for her free newsletter, Electric Speed. (I’ve been a subscriber for years and always look forward to reading it).