Category: Proofreading and Editing

Avoiding Common Capitalization Errors

on December 3, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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I describe some areas of confusion about capitalization I have often observed in my work here at ProofreadingPal.

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Commonly Confused Words

on November 29, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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There are word pairs, even trios, whose meanings are similar, but distinct. The shades of difference are subtler, and so sometimes even educated speakers find themselves unsure of which is correct.

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Rules of Canadian English

on October 3, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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Canadian English is unique. Neither American nor wholly British, it’s a robust hybrid of British Commonwealth English and cross-border influences. Before we can assess the Canadian dialect, though, we need to understand how global languages become localized, and for that we need to examine the origins of American English.

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Capitalization in APA, Chicago, MLA, and AP

on September 29, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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I have been noticing recently that willy-nilly use of upper- and lowercase letters is pretty common, although it is far from correct. So I thought it time to review some basic capitalization rules. Here are the types of words that should be capitalized:

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Proper Use of Comment Boxes

on August 29, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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So much can be done with good comment boxes here’s an old-fashioned list of dos and don’ts.

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How to Avoid Comma Errors

on November 6, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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In this blog post are a few of the most common comma errors and tips to avoid making them in your own writing.

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When to Use Humor in Business Writing: How About Never?

on May 28, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Business Proofreading and Editing
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A written joke is immortal, and once e-mailed or messaged, it lives forever outside your control. You have no idea whose eyes may see it or in what situation your joke may suddenly appear.

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How Best to Use Editing Services

on May 28, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Business Proofreading and Editing
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The more work you put in before you submit your document, the better your document will look after the professionals finish with it.

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How to Avoid Wordiness

on May 21, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Essays
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Try these tips in your writing. Practice makes perfect (as opposed to, “In order to achieve perfection, you should take the time to practice”).

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Do I Need a Literary Agent?

on May 14, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Books and Manuscripts
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Agents are businesspeople and creative professionals. They’re here to help you get your book into the publishing mainstream and into the hands of readers everywhe

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Writing a Cover Letter to Get a Job

on March 12, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Personal Statements
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I’ve learned quite a bit about the function of cover letters and resumes. In this series of columns, I’ll be sharing some of those insights with you.

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Proofreading Services Rates

on January 13, 2014 by Brian Kaldenberg in Proofreading and Editing
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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.

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Fast Proofreading Services for Rush Projects

on December 21, 2013 by Brian Kaldenberg in Admissions Essays
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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.

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“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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The Unexamined Page

on November 22, 2011 by Chad in Proofreading and Editing
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As a proofreader at ProofreadingPal, I see a lot of otherwise well-written documents with some gaping flaws caused by carelessness. I understand. And I like to make suggestions in addition to corrections – changing a word may fix a document, but changing a way to think about how to write is rewarding.

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