About this blog: Eagle-Eyed Editor is my humorous blog dedicated to creating better writers, editors and proofreaders worldwide. I blog about anything involving books, authors, writing, editing, proofreading and social media. When you’re reading Eagle-Eyed Editor, I hope you’ll laugh and learn something new!

About me: I’m S.L. Hoffman, a blogger, copywriter and copy editor based in the Washington, DC metro area. My love of books and writing started early in life and in school, I was voted Most Likely To Read Novels On The Assigned Reading List. (“You’re reading The Odyssey? For fun? Are you crazy?”) I like classic works of literature, but I have favorite modern authors, too.

From time to time, I like talking about topics that are unique to bloggers. Sometimes I’ll get a discussion going; stop by and read sometime!

These days, I rescue dangling participles from dangerous situations or squash wayward typos with my merciless red pen. I am the archenemy of misspelled words everywhere. (Check out my inspiring theme music.) At other times, I can be found in hot pursuit of chocolate-covered pretzel M&Ms, working off those M&Ms at local gyms or participating in tweetchats on Twitter at @EagleEyedEditor.


135 responses to “About

  1. Lizzie

    I’m not far from DC myself, currently living in Annapolis! Beautiful area.

  2. The control freak in me hopes you put a “follow” button on your sidebar. Other than that, love the blog!

  3. I’ll be interested to see what you have to say about writing and editing, as well as other things. Also, talking about bookcases (books! libraries! woohoo!) and movie adaptations of books? Count me in!

    I’m afraid my grammar isn’t always up to snuff, but the whole your/you’re things (and other similar issues) drive me bonkers. I’m also a complete spelling freak! Though I try to rein in my tendencies, and just have a good laugh on my friends, sometimes.

    So, I’ve often wondered, are there editing jobs for good spellers? 🙂 Don’t worry, I’m only curious. Because every once in a while, I read a book where a character “poured over a book” or walked “threw a building”, and I want to throttle someone. Computers don’t solve everything!

    Happy reading, writing, and editing!

    • Oh, yes, being a good speller is definitely part of being an editor! Sometimes misspellings can be hilarious, but they are embarrassing for writers, especially in business situations. I appreciate spell-check like everybody else, but it can’t determine whether “pored” or “poured” is in context. A human brain is SO much better.

  4. OH MY LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’re a copywriter, copyeditor and proofreader? Aarrggggghhhhhhh…I promise that my book, and now my second little book, are done a lot more professionally than my blog. On the blog, I just let it rip and let the plethora of exclamation marks fall where they may. OH, this is SO embarrassing!

  5. Thank you in helping me become a better writer and all your wonderful insights…..you are part of my sunshine brigade. 🙂

  6. J. G. Burdette

    Hi, S. L. — I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

  7. Edna

    “I rescue dangling participles from dangerous situations” — someone after my own heart.

  8. dana hutson

    Hi S.L. Just stopped by for a bit of your wit…love the blog. I’m too self-conscious to write more with all the “eagle eyes” out there.

  9. gun street girl

    You read The Odyssey for fun too? I thought I was the only one.

    There is nothing worse for mortal man than wandering…

  10. I’m pretty new to your blog, but enjoy reading it a lot. I’ve nominated it for the One Lovely Blog award. Have a great weekend.

  11. Congratulations! I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Keep up the great work!

  12. Well, I’ve finally had some time to sit down and read some of your blog. Great stuff! I really enjoy your candid style. And DC, eh? I lived there myself for 6 years. Did my undergrad at GW and then stayed on for another two years waiting to head out for Peace Corps. What a great city–one of the best in the US, if you ask me.

  13. Hi Eagle-Eyed Editor – I have wanted to blog for years and finally summoned the gumption to wrestle with technology and “finger it out,” as my husband says. When I worked as a newspaper editor, I had my own IT guy so I am spoiled, pushing my way up a steep learning curve.

    With three posts under my belt (woo-hoo!) I’m taking some time to wander around WordPress seeking members of the Red Pencil Tribe and other kindred spirits. I particularly appreciate your gentle way with people who apologize for grammatical and spelling errors. It’s nice to know you aren’t going to slap them on the knuckles with a ruler! We have much in common and I look forward to following your blog. TTFN!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Cyndi. One of the most fascinating aspects of blogging has been meeting people like yourself. People who are editors, writers, librarians or book lovers, from all over the world.

  14. I spotted you on Freshly Pressed and I’m glad I did! I write about writing and editing (and other book-y related topics) and my series Strong Vs. Weak Words is very popular. When I discover a weak word in my manuscript, I write about it and give examples of how it can be changed for the better. Seems many other writers have the same “problem” but didn’t know it.

    Great blog you have here.

  15. With wordy gratitude, thank you for your blog and congratulations on your ‘freshly laundered’ status!

  16. pursuingthemuse

    Wacky word origins drew me in and now I’m hooked! I compulsively circle grammar and spelling whoopsies in the newspaper and “Dog’s for sale” makes me want to inflict bodily harm. It’s nice to be here among people who understand. 🙂

  17. A good introduction :). Glad to have come across your blog via ‘Freshly Pressed’.

  18. Kacee's World

    Very nice introduction indeed. The theme song is hilarious.

  19. Great blog, S.L. I can relate to your situation. I’m an American U. j-school grad myself, ex-newspaper reporter, now working as a copywriter. Always happy to help rescue dangling participles in distress!

  20. Impybat

    Heyo Eagle-Eyed,
    I’ve nominated you for two awards, which I think you have won before…but you are worthy!

  21. Hello, great blog! I especially liked the one about words going in and out of style. I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award.

  22. Do you ever notice typos in books? Spelling has always come naturally to me. Every now and again, waiting in a store, I’ll read the next few chapters in a book (currently, a Vince Flynn novel), and spelling errors will jump out. Occasionally, a character’s name spelled differently in two places, “there” for “their”; in one case, “demoded” for “demoted”. They’re usually things that a spell-checker wouldn’t notice, but a proofreader should.

    • In books, I always notice the typos, the misspellings (spelling comes naturally to me, too) and the confusion between words that sound alike, such as faze and phase. Ugh. Sometimes I’ve even seen that a character’s description doesn’t match the cover art. For instance, one character may be described by the author as a brunette but the book cover artist has shown the same character as a blonde. Oh, boy. *rolls eyes*

  23. Gabriel | 加百利

    Glad to follow! Best regards! Gabriel & Christal 🙂

  24. Thanks for liking my post “50 Things you don’t need to know”. I appreciate your taking time to check out my blog. Good luck in all your endeavors! Thanks again!

  25. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog; it has been amazing reading your words and I’ve passed along a few blogging awards – do what you will with them, just know your words are appreciated!

  26. I’m in the middle of having my memoir edited by a pro out in CA (I’m in NY). This is my first try at writing a book and it’s all very exciting and nerve-wracking.

    I saw that you “liked” my post today (Lighting up the Blogosphere) and noticed your blog title. That’s what brought me over here. Your blog looks quite funny and interesting. Looks like you have a new follower! And maybe I’ll learn a thing or two from you that pertains to my writing adventures… 🙂

  27. Samir

    Hi Eagle-Eye, we’ve nominated you for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’… just a shout-out to express how awesome your blog is.

  28. lectorconstans

    Off-the-wall comment: Who edits the editors? (It’s probably snappier in Latin. “Sed quis emendit ipsos emendatores?” [wild guess].)

  29. I must follow you!!! (And thanks for dropping by my blog!) I LOVE LOVE classic literature and, as a writer, I know I’ll never get to the end of learning more about the most interesting craft and occupation out there!!! Looking forward to exploring more.

  30. Ha! Very, very nice blog and I tell you, I also have an obsession with typos and misspelled words (affect vs. effect and its vs. it’s are two examples that keep haunting me!): I can’t stand them and people who work with me have come to accept my monomania! 😉
    Take care.

  31. Be kind to my dangling participles . . . have only had a chance to start exploring your blog. Always fun to find a new one of interest. Of course, the last thing I need is any more ideas for my “to read” list on Goodreads, since the day already comes up short of hours. ~ Kat

  32. lectorconstans

    travelgardeneat: “(I mean, geez, how can you confuse two words with one?!).”

    It’s easy.

  33. Wishing you and yours a memorable Thanksgiving. Are chocolate pretzels part of your tradition? 😉

  34. Hi SL.

    Today we nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Check our post http://florastable.com/2012/11/23/the-sunshine-award/ if interested.

    Have a wonderful day!

  35. Nothing worse than a hanging participle, except for a bad comma splice!
    Love the “theme music” as well; were I a typo, I’d shiver in my serif boots.

    Thanks for the follow. I was intrigued by your posts, so I returned the favor!

  36. Love the DC area, hate the traffic! Originally from Richmond. Have wonderful cousins in Vienna.

  37. I’m enjoying getting to know your blog and eagerly await new posts. Grammar and spelling are, to me, stems that uphold the blooms of writing. If the stems are broken or unhealthy, it can dull, if not destroy, the beauty of the bloom. Having said that, I keep dictionaries in most rooms of my house, my purse, my Kindle, and my smartphone. My copy of Strunk & White is close to disintegrating but glowing from an excessive amount of highlighting. I have a master’s degree in social work, not english or literature, so I need and accept all the help I can get in keeping my writing, my blooms, beautiful. Thank God for editors and proofreaders, the good ones keep the rest of us from looking like complete fools. Hopefully, you’ll check out my blog and any comments, no matter how painful, would be most welcomed! Hurt me! I can take it.

  38. HEY! It’s your favorite niece! Yes, I’m a blogger now. :/ The Vampire Writer! 🙂 Check out my blog?

  39. I am glad I discovered Eagle-Eyed Editor and wanted to express my gratitude by nominating you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! “Rules” if you would like to formally accept can be found in this post, http://travelgardeneat.com/2013/02/16/taking-a-moment-to-say-thank-you/, but please feel no obligation — just know your blog helps make the blogosphere a richer place! Cheers! ~ Kat

  40. Hi Eagle Eye, I’ve nominated you for Mrs Sparkly’s Ten Commandments award. You can find the link here http://denobears.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/mrs-sparklys-ten-commandments-award/ There’s no obligation to accept the award, I just wanted to let people know that I think your blog is great 🙂

  41. rtd14

    I am always happy when I have the opportunity to read your blog. Your posts tell stories and make me think and remember. I nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award. Whether or not you accept, I want you to know how much I enjoy your posts. http://rebeccatdickinson.com/2013/03/04/when-you-are-recognized/

  42. Hi Eagle-Eyed Editor,
    I enjoy reading your blog. In fact, I’m using it as an example of a successful blog in a class I’m teaching with Ihar. Would love to chat sometime offline….my humble blog aspires to be more like yours!
    Kind regards,

  43. Excellent blog, keep up the great work. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  44. very good blog i like it very much!!

  45. I recently realized how even though I re-read my text at least a few times before posting, my pattern-recognition did not trigger between It’s and Its. How embarassing! I have decided to use ‘It is’ whenever I mean that and not shorten it to It’s.

    I do not have any writing experience other than my blog but I love the idea that someone can be a word-knight and “squash typos” 🙂

    You shall be followed, nay, stalked closely! 🙂

  46. I’ve been looking into copywriting and I’m dazzled by all the information out there. Do you have some pointers or advice on becoming a copywriter?

  47. You rock and I’ve always enjoyed your blogs so I’ve just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I know you’ve been awarded before but I had to nominate you myself!

  48. Jools

    Hi Eagle-Eyed Editor. I enjoy reading your blog, both for the great advice you offer and your humorous take on things. I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. It’s a ‘pay it forward’ kind of award, showcasing blogs to other bloggers. You say a little about yourself and nominate around 5-7 other blogs you like for the award. You can see how it works on my entry here http://awritersnotepad.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/one-lovely-blog-award/ . I don’t know if you like doing these things, but if you want to join in, just copy the logo to your own post.

  49. Yours was one of the first blogs I started to follow but it’s only now I’ve read your about page! I adore your dangling particles sentence. The world needs you. I’m continuing to be infuriated by plurals such as 1960’s and bagel’s. Grrrr!

  50. The AP bunch guffawed in appreciation of your classic Twitter post. This group hash tagged every answer when we played online Mad Libs the other day. Maybe I should try a hash tag quiz on classic literature titles.
    Wuthering Heights #wantingmoorofyou

  51. bobmielke

    I’d like to personally thank you for being one of my most loyal followers. You were one of the first 50 that I had when starting my blog almost two years ago. You’ve stuck by me as I grew and remained faithful with your likes and welcome comments. I enjoy your blog, your writing and your sense of humor. Now that I’m approaching 800 followers I still pay attention to those who encouraged my humble beginnings. – Bob

    • You’re welcome, Bob. Interesting that we both started our blogs around the same time — my 2nd year “blogoversary” comes up in January 2014, so I’ll have to think of something really good to say! 😉

  52. Thank you for this blog. I need all the help I can get. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read. Blessings.

  53. HI! I need to ask a favor of you…I’m trying to get my social media network growing and I’ve had a twitter account for a long time now and done next to nothing with it…I THINK I’ve got my wordpress site linked to it, but I’m not seeing it anywhere. Can you drop by Suzanne J. Rogers and see if you are able to view the link? I’m learning about how twitter works, but I’ve got a lot to learn as you have probably gathered by now. Thanks so much!

  54. Thank you for liking my post about WordPress settings. You were one of the people I wanted to tell! I hope you’re adding @EagleEyedEditor as we speak!

  55. I’m glad I was able to make you *grin*.

  56. Hi Eagle Eyed Editor,
    – I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can see how it works on my award post here on Armitage Agonistes, http://wp.me/p3DuBO-1hP and if you decide to participate, you just need to follow the rules for the award, which are:
    • Display the Award Certificate on your blog (just cut-and-paste it from my post)
    • Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you – that’s me!
    • Nominate 15 other bloggers (I’ve kept to 10 as 15 seemed quite a lot)
    • Inform them of their nomination via comment on their blog
    • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
    Whether you join in or not, I just want you to know that I nominated you because I enjoy your blog and thought you would like to see it shared with some new readers.

  57. Greetings from Germany, you’re the first one who likes the Pirate of Caribbean theme like me as an inspiring music. I bought the film music when the movie came out and I hear it often while I`m running….

    I like your blog with a lot of proposals for books, thanks 🙂

  58. Hi, you are one of the first blogs I followed. I love your writing and enjoy learning from you. I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award so that others who happen by my blog might enjoy yours too if they don’t already.

  59. Cool blog! I’m looking forward to exploring

  60. I have nominated you for the Starlight Blogger Award. This award is created to “celebrate the creative bloggers who have truly inspired others through their beautiful and original content, imagery, art, abilities, and wonderful personalities.” You can view your nomination on my acceptance post: https://kaleidoscope49.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/starlight-blogger-award/


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