If you spend a lot of time in Microsoft Word or similar programs, you’ve probably come across them: those instances where spellcheck (or grammar check) gets it horribly, horribly wrong. Whether it’s completely mixing up its/it’s and you’re/your or suggesting substitutions that completely change the meaning or even the politics of a sentence, automated programs can’t always be […]

Spellchecking software is a useful tool… except when it isn’t.

Microsoft Word’s “helpful” spelling and grammar suggestions offer everything from bad grammar and wacky word substitutions to suggestions that actually change the meaning of a text (no, Word, “blacker women” is not the same thing as “more black women,” for the love of God). I’m always coming […]

Happy New Year!

The year 2013 was a huge year for Grey Editing. I worked with amazing authors and gifted editorial colleagues, networked, spoke, and contributed to making quite a few books! To give you an idea, here’s what my portfolio shelf looked like in late 2012.

And here it is at the […]

It’s been a busy summer here at Grey Editing!  I’ve been writing, editing, and creating social media strategies, working on topics as diverse as language localization, slave revolts, wedding planning, domestic violence, and Marxist economics.  I even edited a novel for the first time, an exciting and creative experience that I look forward […]

If you’ve lost a loved one to the violence of war, Memorial Day isn’t about picnics; it’s a day of deep sadness and loss.  And the people who profit from war are never the same people who fight and die– whether soldiers or civilians.  That basic inequality has been the driving force behind a strong […]

Lefty novelist Ron Jacobs has published a glowing review of Gregg Shotwell’s new book Autoworkers Under the Gun, a title I thoroughly enjoyed proofreading.  Autoworkers, new this spring from Haymarket Books, traces Shotwell’s career as a rabble-rousing rank-and-filer in […]

One of the greatest joys of working as a freelance editor is having the freedom to choose projects that move you.  As a longtime social justice activist, I love working with authors whose work changes the world for the better.  That’s why I’m excited to be working with Rabbi Brant Rosen on a new blog-to-book […]

Much of the dis­crim­i­na­tion that was legal in the Jim Crow era is today ille­gal when applied to black peo­ple but per­fectly legal when applied to “criminals.” The prob­lem is that through con­scious and uncon­scious choices, black peo­ple have been tar­geted at sig­nif­i­cantly higher rates for arrest and pros­e­cu­tion. So, where does this leave crim­i­nal […]