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Useful resources: a few of our favourite things

Everyone has a favourite tool that makes life a little easier. At Accuracy Matters, we’re no different (apart from our editorial superpowers!). We’re sharing the useful resources that we like to call on to support us in our roles. Here are a few of our favourite things … (SPOILER ALERT: there are no whiskers on kittens or warm woollen mittens!).

Collaboration and time management

At Accuracy Matters, we all use Asana as a way of collaborating on projects – essential when you have a fully remote workforce. Personally, I love the interface, the search capabilities and the fact that working in the Asana environment cuts down the need for lots of emails.

Rachel is also a big fan of Asana and in particular the Pomodoro feature to break her work down into intervals. “I love Pomodoro because it blocks out notifications and distractions and keeps me focused. It also makes sure that I stand up and move around every 25 minutes, which is good for me as I tend to get very involved in something and sit still for too long,” explains Rachel.

Accounting - the human touch

Elaine, our Accounts and Finance Manager, also uses Asana to stay on top of tasks, but she couldn’t manage without her ultimate useful resource, Quickbooks.

She explains: “Quickbooks is our software of choice for all things related to accounts and bookkeeping. We’ve used other software in the past but what I particularly appreciate about Quickbooks is the user interface. It’s really easy to use and customisable. Also, Quickbooks seeks my feedback so that they can continually improve their user experience. When I’ve needed their customer service, they have been quick to respond and very helpful.”

Tuning in to quality management

Delia is our Admin and Quality Manager and she is a big fan of YouTube videos to give her quick tips and overviews in relation to the quality management process.

She says: “There are lots of useful resources on the Advisera YouTube channel. We are certified through the BSI for ISO 9001 and I also find their free BSI webinars really helpful.”

Making the most of Word

Project Manager Helen says, “A basic useful resource − but underused and misused − is the Editor function in Word.”

She explains: “Running Editor over content picks up spelling, grammar and punctuation conventions that may have gone awry. Even the most experienced of writers, copy-editors and proofreaders can miss the odd thing, particularly on big, complicated projects. (That said, we do have that special something in our brains that means we pick up things that most people miss − which is why we do the job we do!)”

Helen cautions against relying on the function to the exclusion of human intervention, though: “The suggestions that Editor makes should never be accepted wholesale without checking the context. However, it’s a useful resource for doing a final flight check on content. Editors are perfectionists – that’s why we’re good at what we do. Anything that makes us doubly, triply and quadruply sure we’re delivering high-quality content is a valuable addition to our toolbox.”

Bookshelf (and bookmark) classics

Sarah, our Editorial Lead, cites a thesaurus as being invaluable to her toolbox of useful resources.

“Sometimes, you see a word and you think, hmmm, the author doesn’t quite mean that word but what exactly do they mean? And you look in a thesaurus and it jumps straight out at you. I use it all the time!” explains Sarah. “I currently just use the Collins online thesaurus as it’s easy to access and very good quality.”

Editor and Proofreader Karen likes to keep The Copyeditor’s Handbook by Einsohn and Schwartz on a shelf near her desk. “It comes with a handy companion volume called The Copyeditor’s Workbook.” Karen likes these publications because of the way they work together.

She explains: “For me, it’s no good to just read rules and theory – I need to be practising for things to stick. So the fact that the Workbook follows the same structure as the Handbook, and allows you to ‘hone your editorial judgment’ (as it says in its strapline) through exercises, works really well, especially when you’re just starting out. A downside is that they’re published in the US, so not everything applies – but Hart’s Rules is always a good fallback for UK style.”

Along similar lines, Judith Butcher’s Copy-editing: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Copy-editors and Proofreaders is Editorial Operations Manager Tessa’s standby reference text. Tessa says: “I keep this classic text close by so that I can refer to it when trying to make style decisions or resolve proofreader queries as part of my quality check.”

Tessa is also a fan of Facebook groups such as ‘Ask a Book Editor’ and the unusual-sounding ‘Editors’ Association of Earth’. She says: “I like to dip in and out of a few Facebook groups where people raise editorial queries as I always learn something from those discussions.”

Social media for sales

Finally, Sales Director Alan (the newest member of our team) – when he’s not busy getting his head around our systems and software – is keeping up to date with the goings-on in the world of Facebook and LinkedIn.

He says: “They are really useful sites in terms of my sales role, and they give me ideas for the sales and marketing side of my role. They are both free and I am able to use them to reach a diverse range of potential clients.”

Find out more

Intrigued by our team and our favourite things? Find out more about the team and what it’s like to work for us as a freelancer. Which useful resources and tools do you rely on? We’d love to hear your suggestions! Drop us a line: team@accuracymatters.co.uk

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