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How to Set Up a Writing Business

on March 28, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing
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Thankfully, setting up a writing business really isn’t difficult. There are a few steps that need to be done carefully and some details to pay attention to, but once you get the structure in place and get used to a few routines, you’ll be in good shape.

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Avoiding Comma Errors Part II

on March 26, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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More advice, explanations, and examples about those pesky commas errors and how to avoid them.

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Easy Formula for LinkedIn Recommendations

on March 26, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes
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To follow up on our look at using testimonials in your resume, let’s flip the script. Maybe one of your colleagues is looking for consulting work, or perhaps a young person whom you have mentored is setting off on a new career path. A recommendation from you could help that person land a position. How do you write an effective testimonial?

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How Taxes Work for Writers

on March 2, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing
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Whether you’re a full-time freelance writer, a weekend blogger, or publishing as part of your regular career, writing at a professional level carries with it some duties and deductions at tax time.

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How to Use Testimonials in a Resume

on February 27, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes
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Using someone else’s words is an accepted and valid strategy. Let’s look at testimonials and how to use them in your resume. Remember, when you borrow words that belong to other people, take good care of them.

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Common Idiom Use Errors

on February 5, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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But being fluent in a language doesn’t just mean memorizing a list of idioms (hundreds of which will come up on a quick Google search). You have to know how and when to use them.

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5 Tips for Better Writing Habits

on February 3, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Bad writing is everywhere, and it’s often not a lack of knowledge about the mechanics of writing that causes problems, but a flawed writing process. So, if you want to blow some mids (er, minds) with your writing, follow these tips to improve your writing habits.

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How Do Teachers Grade Papers?

on February 3, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Essays
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Wssay grading is no more subjective than other methods. Here are four simple, hard-and-fast quality measures that universally apply to grading papers.

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What Goes at the Top of a Resume?

on February 1, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes
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There are three types of resume headers. Choose the one you need carefully. Then let’s look at some common headers and consider them from a recruiter’s perspective.

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Write Clearly with the Right Words

on January 7, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Editors and writers find some words particularly challenging, changing them over and over again to make language more precise.

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Colophon: The Publication Page

on December 26, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Books and Manuscripts
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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

on December 26, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Essays
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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

on December 1, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes
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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

on November 30, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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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

on November 6, 2015 by ProofreadingPal 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 Do I Cite in APA?

on October 29, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in APA
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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

on October 29, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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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

on October 29, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction
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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?

on October 1, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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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

on September 26, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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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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