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Month: April 2016

Professional-Looking Book Layout

on April 15, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Books and Manuscripts
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It might be unfair to judge a book by its cover, formatting, and layout, but all these conventions make it easier to read the book, and we should all think carefully about breaking these rules. If you have a good reason that fits with the content and tone of your book, go ahead and get creative. But by knowing the conventions of book design, you’ll be able to make more informed choices that lead to a stronger book overall.

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3 Tips for Writing Better Dialogue

on April 14, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Fiction
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Stories survive on their dialogue. Yes, there are some great novels with page after page of narration and description, and if you’re a future Nobel-winner wunderkind, more power to you. For the rest of us, it’s in conversations that characters primarily reveal themselves, interact with each other, and live out a story’s social life.

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10 Tips for Writing Effective Recommendations

on April 14, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Business Proofreading and Editing
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So if you’ve been asked to write a letter of recommendation, you’re in a pretty good place. You’re probably feeling flattered to have been asked, and you get to dole out some social rewards to a valued protégé or colleague. Here’s a double fistful of pointers to help you get started.

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Does Good Grammar Really Matter?

on April 4, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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OK, because I make a living fixing people’s grammar, I’m obviously going to say that good grammar is super-duper important. But give me a moment anyway, if you please, because I’m going to explain why and when.

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