My name is Caroline and I'm the official Watcher and Judger of the Empire.
I've been working as the Offbeat Empire's copyeditor since January 2011. I copyedit all of the websites. Since being hired, I completed my BA and started and completed an MA in American Studies, specializing in American literature. I have worked as an editor and writer in other capacities throughout my university career, but mostly in academic publications. That's why copyediting for the Empire is such a sweet gig: not many other people get to say that their job description includes making sure that an editor knows the "zombie" baby in a photoshoot is actually a Nightmare Before Christmas reference. Not many other people need to correct the spelling of Cthulhu on an almost-weekly basis.
Therefore I am constantly challenged by the wonderfully weird writers of the Empire. But sometimes, though the perfectionist in me hates to admit it, things slip through the cracks.
This can be for a variety of reasons: sometimes posts come in too late for me to copyedit; sometimes WordPress doesn't save my edits; and sometimes I fuck up. And sometimes readers point out these fuck ups and volunteer to copyedit for the Empire.
You may be able to surmise by now that when a reader does this (sometimes politely, sometimes not so much), it kind of grinds my gears. I'm on the staff pages of all of the sites; I write for Offbeat Home & Life and my bio always says I'm the copyeditor; the editors reference me whenever I point them toward a sweet link. But I get it. I know what it's like to read something and be turned off by typo, or a grammatical error, or even a factual error. And that's where the Fix Typo button comes in.
How to suggest a copyedit
Our developer, JM Dodd has been working on a sweet copyedit plug-in that's now live across all the sites. Here's how to use it:
- Highlight the post text that needs correcting.
- Click the "Fix Typo" button at the end of the post. A window will pop up, auto-populated with the text that you selected to fix.
- Fill out the required fields.
- Click submit!
- I'll get an email about your suggestion.
- As soon as I can, I'll go in and make the correction.
Tip: You can skip step 1 if you don't mind manually typing in the text.
- The Fix Typo button is a great way to get me, the real-life Offbeat Copyeditor, to reconsider something on the site.
- Please use it instead of emailing the Empire or making comments about an inaccuracy.
This ain't no computer running Spell Check willy-nilly; I'm right here at your grammar-whore disposal, always watching… judging…
If you have any questions about the FIX TYPO button, let us know below…