How to Avoid Wordiness

21 May

Cut Adjectives and Adverbs This is something Ernest Hemingway became famous for. While working as a reporter, he learned to cut unnecessary words and get to the point of a story as fast as possible, claiming that all those extra adjectives/adverbs could be filled in by readers’ imaginations and the context of the story. Take […] read more »

Do I Need a Literary Agent?

14 May

Almost everyone has heard of literary agents, either as the wonderful people who sell your book for zillions of dollars and make you the next blockbuster hit, or as the jerks who won’t give you the time of day and keep you from becoming the next blockbuster hit. In reality, agents are businesspeople and creative […] read more »

6 Tips for Keeping Your Résumé Brief: Less Is More

7 May

With the help of a good editor, the joke goes, Tolstoy could have gotten War and Peace down to just War. It’s true that, at least for business writing, we at ProofreadingPal usually aim to make things shorter. You might want your Russian historical novel to be a sweeping panorama, but when it comes to […] read more »

6 Tips for Citing Sources Smoothly

1 May

You’ve done the research, and now it’s time to make sure you use it correctly. That means writing citations. Including proper citations is most likely a significant part of the grade you will receive. Even if you’ve got strong writing skills, your grade will suffer if your citations are bad. Also, if you don’t cite […] read more »

How to Outline an Essay

27 Apr

The single biggest time waster in writing is staring at the blank page. I’m not talking about writer’s block. I’m talking about trying to write that first sentence for your essay, struggling to figure out what you want to say and how to say it at the same time. That’s not writer’s block; that’s a […] read more »

6 Easy Steps for Writing Faster

24 Apr

1. Develop a Clear Goal Before beginning any project, sit down and think about what you want to accomplish. If you’re an undergraduate, think about what grade you want to receive and what you need to do to achieve it. If you’re a researcher, establish your problem and design your research questions before anything else. […] read more »

How Book Writers Get Paid — Part 2

16 Apr

Writing isn’t easy. Editing and revisions are often even harder. But the business of writing and publishing? That’s a whole new challenge. Navigating the complexities of the publishing business can be bewildering, but, with a little attention and a few explanations, you’ll be able to manage the business side of your writing career just as […] read more »

Cover Letters: 3 Lessons from Sales

6 Apr

In my first column, I talked about the contents of your cover letter: what to include and exclude. This time, let’s talk about the principle underpinning your submissions package, cover letter, and résumé alike: salesmanship. Sales is a traditional profession in my family, and I spent many years in the game myself. Perhaps that’s why […] read more »

What Plagiarism Is and How to Avoid It

3 Apr

“Plagiarism” comes from the Latin word for “kidnapper.” It’s using another person’s ideas or words without giving them credit. Simple indeed. Here’s another thing that’s pretty simple: catching a plagiarist in the act. Try it yourself. Pick up a nearby book, open it randomly, and Google any old sentence you come to. I did that […] read more »

Using Microsoft Word Track Changes

1 Apr

ProofreadingPal offers some of the best editing available online, and we want you to get the most value for your time and money. I’ll be doing a series of blog posts based on how to make editing services work best for you, from tips on using Word to principles of time management. Let’s start with […] read more »

8 Tips to Make Your Writing Sound More Formal

26 Mar

Here at ProofreadingPal, we get a lot of requests to “elevate tone,” “create a scholarly tone,” and “increase the formality,” and even “help this sound smart.” Truthfully, we cannot make you sound “smart.” There is no substitute for good ideas, but we can (and do) help you elevate your tone and make you sound like […] read more »

How Book Writers Get Paid – Pt 1

20 Mar

Once you’ve written the manuscript and had it professionally edited, the hard part is over, right? All you have to do is sit back, relax, and let the money come in. Unfortunately, publishing is never that easy. And the business part of publishing is a complex, often frustrating wilderness for which many writers aren’t quite […] read more »

Writing a Cover Letter to Get a Job

12 Mar

Let’s start with the hard truth: No one ever got a job on the strength of a cover letter. That’s a bold claim, but I can support it from years of engagement with Corporate America in a variety of roles. I’ve moved from freelancing to academia to the private sector, and I’ve worked in many […] read more »

Proofreading Services Rates

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13 Jan

As the president and founder of ProofreadingPal, I’m going to try to offer you some simple advice on the various questions you’ll likely encounter, along with advice on the proofreading rates you should expect to pay. read more »

Fast Proofreading Services for Rush Projects

Fast Proofreading Service
21 Dec

ProofreadingPal offers fast proofreading services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our 3-, 6-, and 10-hour turnaround speeds make us one of the fastest proofreading services available. read more »

MLA Formatting

MLA Handbook
20 Apr

Although students may feel intimidated by the requirement to strictly follow any specific style, including MLA, the truth is that MLA style really is not that complicated. Following are a few quick tips we suggest at proofreadingpal.com for properly formatting an MLA document: read more »

How to Write a Thesis Proposal

28 Mar

Students often cringe at the challenge of writing a good thesis proposal, uncertain of how to select an appropriate topic (one broad enough to include supportive research, yet specific in theme) and create a polished, professional document. At proofreadingpal.com, we regularly edit thesis proposals of all shapes and sizes. Some papers require only minor polishing and helpful suggestions for clarification where needed, but other papers require a great deal of work in all areas—grammar and punctuation, sentence structure, document organization, and style formatting. read more »

Professional Writing

Professional Writing
14 Mar

I’ve edited many books, short stories, and even papers by authors who seemingly believed that ambiguous, dramatic, and descriptive words (and even repetition) somehow increased their document’s level of professionalism. Perhaps they were attempting to make the scene come alive for the reader or evoke a sense of rambling thought—very noble intentions indeed. Regardless, unnecessary wordiness and redundancy are generally considered unacceptable in professional writing. read more »

Be Yourself When You Write Essays

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11 Mar

Unfortunately, we see many misguided essays here at ProofreadingPal on a daily basis. And one of the fundamental suggestions we always offer to those clients is to “be yourself when you write.” read more »

Know Your Enemy – The Modern Language Association (MLA)

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9 Mar

Perhaps it would help if we knew our enemy. Most of us would surely feel better if we knew these format formulators were neo-Nazis, mafia henchmen, or Iowa State Cyclone fans. Alas, ‘tis not so. Instead, the creators and protectors of the MLA format are not unlike you and me. They are sons and daughters, husbands and wives, athletes and nerds and singers and dancers and, perhaps even a few are acrobats and stand-up comedians. But the thing these folks all have in common is their membership in the Modern Language Association. Yes, this is our common enemy: the MLA. read more »

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