Month: December 2011

“On Em dash, on En dash, on Prancer, on Vixen”

on December 23, 2011 by Tom in Business Proofreading and Editing
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Having a client who is adept at em and en dashes is indeed rare. Usually we see the plain ol’ regular hyphen being used where an em or en dash would be more appropriate. Or we often see random hyphens in varying multiples scattered throughout a paper like sprinkles on a Christmas cookie.

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Read Before You Write (Part II)

on December 23, 2011 by Jessica in Proofreading and Editing
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But no, I get it, really. You are busy. Welcome to the twenty-first century, in which a book doesn’t have to be a codex to be enjoyed.

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Read Before You Write (Part I)

on December 22, 2011 by Jessica in Proofreading and Editing
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Writing is easy. Writing well is not. Otherwise, we would all be signing seven-figure deals and wondering where to put the next theme park based on our work. There are a lot of different things that have to go right for someone to break into the traditional publishing world, and a lot more for someone to achieve that super special level of sparkling international acclaim that gets noticed in the mainstream media.

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Knowing What to Look For

on December 14, 2011 by Mike in Proofreading and Editing
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Effective writing is not so esoteric as to be beyond description. There are many elements we can specify. Let's look first at structure.

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Livestock Judging and You

on December 14, 2011 by Mike in Proofreading and Editing
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Most skills are learned largely through imitation. It’s common sense that if we want to improve as an ice skater, we find someone who is better than we are and watch them skate. The more skilled we are at observing, the more effective we'll be at adapting what we see another skater do into what we can do.

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How Writers and Proofreaders Can Live in Peace

on December 10, 2011 by Mike in Proofreading and Editing
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When Alexander Pope (1688-1744) warned, “A little learning is a dangerous thing,” he was, among other things, explaining why editors and proofreaders – even us here at ProofreadingPal – so often find ourselves in antagonistic relationships with writers.

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Creating a Memorable Résumé

on December 10, 2011 by Chad in Resumes
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At ProofreadingPal, we see dozens of résumés a month. While some are pretty sharp, most are…well, in need of some assistance. Beyond blatant grammatical and spelling errors, many résumés have unwieldy objectives, inconsistencies in formatting or language use, and in this job market, it is imperative to make your résumé as sharp as possible before sending it out!

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