Judy Hagey

Freelance Editor - Writer

Editing vs. Changing

You know you need an editor to make sure your manuscript is as clean as it can be before you submit to a publisher or agent. But you’re concerned that an editor won’t respect your voice. Will he hold you to a rigid set of rules that you may not be totally familiar with? Will […]

7 Tips on Writing Well

Source: www.grammarcheck.net

National Handshake Day

“Greet one another with a holy kiss” (Romans 16:16). Now that’s a biblical injunction few Christians take seriously these days. Perhaps it’s something to ponder on National Handshake Day. The handshake, however, predates Paul’s admonition by several centuries. According to some sources, shaking hands originated with the Greeks in the fifth century BC. Tradition has […]

Shedding Light on More Confusables

I’m not going to kid you. Words and word usage can be confusing. Many words that originated in Latin come from the same root, but time and translation have changed their English meaning and usage. One such word family comes from the Latin ludere – meaning to play, mimic, mock or deceive. In English, we’re […]

Say What? Clearing up Confusion over Career and Careen

  It’s hard to turn off my editor brain. Whether I read for information or pleasure, typos, punctuation, and usage errors seem to jump off the page. I may share the humorous typo with my Better Half and then post it on Facebook, or shudder in disgust at the lack of grammar acuity in today’s […]