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Pictures Came and Broke Your Heart: Video interviewing for the middle-aged

It’s a different world, my friends.

Back in the old days—say, 10 years ago—a job interview was a strictly in-person thing. You might talk to someone on the phone; you might even have a conference call, if the people you were interviewing with were particularly tech-savvy and had the right setup for it. But remote working, teleworking, and the gig economy have changed a lot of that. We aren’t necessarily working in-person. Remote teams sometimes function in an always-on video mode, or at least have daily stand-up meetings with everyone checking in from their webcam at home.

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AutoHotKey for Editors

AutoHotKey for Editors: It will rock your editing world

 

One of the recurring threads I see in the places where editors gather online is how much most of us dislike editing in PDF. I get it; editing in PDF can be tedious, even with a fairly clean manuscript and a fast computer. But some publishers use PDF as an important part of their workflow (especially if copyeditors or proofreaders are expected to look for layout problems), and if we want to work with them, we need to be able to use it well. That means learning the tricks and tools that make it easier.

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Tools: Use Google Alerts to keep up with your titles and authors

I confess: On the day after I turn in the final edits on a title and submit my invoice, I want nothing to do with that title ever again. After two full passes and assorted spot checks, I am SO DONE. But a month or so later, when I start seeing Twitter mentions of books I’ve worked on, I get curious.

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