Judy Hagey

Freelance Editor - Writer

Don’t Let Scare Quotes Scare You

I recently edited a paper that included an inordinate number of scare quotes. The writer may have thought he was doing readers a favor by placing quotation marks around a word he was introducing or using in an unusual or nontraditional way. But really, it was just plain scary the number of times they were […]

603 Reasons I’m an Editor

603. That’s the number of footnotes in the academic paper I finished editing over the weekend. Not just 603 simple footnotes. Footnotes with lengthy explanatory notes or a string of Scripture passages from margin to margin. You know footnotes. Those citations acknowledging the source of the writer’s wisdom—which most of us give a passing glance. […]