Colophon: The Publication Page

December 26, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Books and Manuscripts, Publishing

That page at the front of the book is the “colophon,” or the copyright page. It’s where publishers put information about important things like copyright, publication details, and legal disclaimers.

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How to Write an A Paper

December 26, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Essays, Writing Guides

While it’s true that A work is usually superior to the work of other students in the class, that’s not really the point. But A work isn’t just superior to B work; it’s superior to the assignment.

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What Personal Information Goes on a Resume

December 1, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes

What makes this resume uniquely yours? What does it say about who you really are? You gaze at the bottom of the page, wondering: Isn’t there something more I should say?

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Differences in a Paraphrase, Summary, and Précis

November 30, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Look up “paraphrase,” “summary,” and “précis” in the dictionary, and you’re going to find a lot of overlapping ideas, but the uses of these terms (especially in academic writing) have quite well-defined boundaries.

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How to Avoid Comma Errors

November 6, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

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 Do I Cite in APA?

October 29, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in APA

APA insists that you never leave it unclear just what is your opinion and what comes from someone else. If you didn’t think it up, cite it every single time.

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US vs. UK English Grammar

October 29, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

A few key grammatical and spelling differences between US and UK English to remember when writing in one dialect or the other. You’ll want to keep these differences in mind and make sure your editor knows about them as well.

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Fanfic Fairness 101

October 29, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction

So how do you protect yourself and still share your work? It all comes down to common sense. Even if the fandom you’re working in is generally in the public domain, certain characters and situations may still be under copyright and therefore not available for your free use.

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Run-on Sentence or Long Sentence?

October 1, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Sentences can have a lot of other things, like objects and indirect objects and dependent phrases, and so on. But when talking about run-ons, the important things are subjects and verbs.

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How and When to Write Complaint Letters

September 26, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

If you have been subjected to a genuine injustice that needs to be corrected, such as illegal, unethical, or reckless action by the company, then you deserve to be heard.

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What Is Passive Voice and How Do I Use It?

September 25, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

In general, the active voice is much clearer, more concise, and direct: all qualities of effective writing. Use the passive voice only if you need to.

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Should I Use First, Second, or Third Person?

September 3, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

It’s pretty easy to avoid second person in formal writing, so the main source of confusion comes from whether to use first or third person.

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What Is Fair Use?

September 3, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction

We’ve all had it drilled into our heads that we have to cite and reference everything in academic papers to avoid plagiarism. But fiction is different, isn’t it?

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How to Write without Clichés: Part 2

August 22, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Clichés serve many purposes. Unfortunately, they’re all bad.

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Master Resume: Activate Your Interviews

August 22, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes

These little moments are “activators” and can be made of simple, conversational phrases that put the subject within the reader’s reach—phrases like, “You can too,” and, “Here’s how.”

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How to Show Emphasis in Writing

August 19, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Here are some subtle ways we can add to our meaning by emphasizing words, expressions, and phrases and suggestions for how to use them most effectively.

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Traditional and New Resume Formats

August 3, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes

Different resume formats emphasize different aspects of your skills, experience, and even personality.

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What Tense Should I Use in Writing?

August 3, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing, Writing Fiction, Writing Guides

People are right to be confused because what tense you should use varies widely depending on your writing style and your purpose.

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How to Write without Clichés: Part 1

July 23, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing, Writing Guides

Don’t try to memorize some list of clichés. There are thousands of them. But also don’t worry that every single phrase you write has to be completely original.

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Pitching Articles

July 16, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing, Publishing

How well you can make a living depends on how well you can stand out from the article-writing pack and pitch your skills.

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