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A Helpful Guide to Common Editor’s Marks

Don’t look now, but writing longhand is making a comeback (or maybe it never left?).

So, people interested in the hand-written word, I made this guide for you. A straightforward list of common editor’s marks and what they mean.

Add a period
Change the setting to a mountain
No, wait – a mountain with a train tunnel. That would be cool
Have the characters get sno-cones
Add a creepy broken seesaw
It’s a trap!
Character eats a Twinkie
How do you make a hashtag again?
Make the characters climb a tall hill

I think that’s all of them. I hope this was helpful!

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Thanks for the guffaw! Love this!!