A Roundup of My Favorite Quotes from ACES Accelerate

Nuggets of wisdom from writers and editors to other editors

Jaime L. Brockway
2 min readSep 23, 2022

ACES Accelerate was a virtual conference held by ACES: The Society for Editing, of which I am a member. There was so much to take away from the sessions at this conference that I could write many a blog post in reaction (coming soon!), but I wanted to share a quick roundup of my favorite quotes from a few presenters.

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Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, is a blogger turned NYTimes-bestselling author who was the keynote speaker at ACES Accelerate. She had us laughing throughout her whole speech yet at the same time shared poignant insights on the writer-editor relationship, which is the exact charm of Jenny Lawson.

Cara Reedy, director at Disabled Journalists Association, and Wendy Lu, a senior staff editor at The New York Times, presented on avoiding disability euphemisms in the news. A couple points Reedy made stuck with me.

Lisa McLendon, who runs the Bremner Editing Center at the University of Kansas journalism school, offered some gems of advice that apply to all copy editors. Both of these are golden rules of copyediting.

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Jaime L. Brockway

Copy editor with 10 years’ experience. Former National Copy Chief of Time Out North America. Semicolon lover, despite what Kurt Vonnegut said.