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Editing

More to come, but the Illinois Policy Institute in late 2009 asked me to edit its first policy guide for state lawmakers. It came to me with roughly 50,000 words and returned to the group with about 45,000, showing the 10 percent rule still lives. I honestly did not check the word count before I started.

The project involved more than 40 sections on different topics written by several different staffers within the agency. My short stints covering the Louisiana Legislature helped greatly, as did some years as an education reporter and later education editor. For a few weeks, I felt as though I lived in Illinois.

It was fun, and I hope to tackle the second edition when it is ready. The key for me on a project like this scheduling about three hours a day for it, a pace that maintains both quality control and keeps the day open for other work.

2010 Legislators’ Guide to the Issues. Check it out.

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