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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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6 Tips for Keeping Your Résumé Brief: Less Is More

on May 7, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Business Proofreading and Editing
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Briefer is better. Executive positions, medicine, and academia use the CV format, which goes into extensive detail. But if you’re applying for the kind of job that requires a résumé, you can probably get it onto a single page.

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6 Tips for Citing Sources Smoothly

on May 1, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in APA
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A properly formatted paper with citations makes you look smart and proves what you know. It’s like wearing a suit to a job interview. Here are some tips to help make the process of writing citations enjoyable, or at least painless.

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How to Outline an Essay

on April 27, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Essays
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Writing a proper outline lets you focus on the first task first and all by itself: what to say. Don’t worry about the words yet. Don’t even think about complete sentences. This is only about lining up your content.

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6 Easy Steps for Writing Faster

on April 24, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Books and Manuscripts
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Before beginning any project, sit down and think about what you want to accomplish. Too many people start projects before accurately identifying their goals, and this leads them to waste too much time on ideas and writing things that aren’t relevant.

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How Book Writers Get Paid — Part 2

on April 16, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Uncategorized
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Navigating the complexities of the publishing business can be bewildering, but, with a little attention and a few explanations, you’ll be able to manage the business side of your writing career just as confidently as you approach the craft of writing itself.

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Cover Letters: 3 Lessons from Sales

on April 6, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Admissions Essays
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Selling yourself, though, is the way of the hunt. It may seem reductive, even unsavory, to think of oneself as a commodity. But employment is by nature a sales transaction. You agree to sell your labor, and, to do so effectively, you need to be guided by three fundamental rules of salesmanship.

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What Plagiarism Is and How to Avoid It

on April 3, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Essays
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It can be overwhelming, but there’s no need to let worries about plagiarism make writing papers harder. These are a few simple things to include in your writing practice so that you can easily avoid plagiarism.

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Using Microsoft Word Track Changes

on April 1, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Uncategorized
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With Track Changes turned on, all edits are recorded and can be displayed in various ways. The problem is that this can lead to a bit of a mess, with little bubbles and different colors and lines everywhere. Fortunately, the Track Changes function can be customized to show you only the information you want, regardless of what settings the editor has used.

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8 Tips to Make Your Writing Sound More Formal

on March 26, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Essays
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There is no substitute for good ideas, but we can (and do) help you elevate your tone and make you sound like a bona fide professional-thinking person. Here are some handy tricks that you can use yourself.

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How Book Writers Get Paid – Pt 1

on March 20, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Books and Manuscripts
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ProofreadingPal supports writers in all parts of their careers, whether honing their academic writing skills or navigating the challenges of publishing that novel, memoir, or nonfiction book. So here on the blog, we’ll be taking a look at the nitty-gritty of the business side of writing and editing and how you can make the best of a changing landscape in modern publishing.

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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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MLA Formatting

on April 20, 2012 by Lori in MLA
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Although students may feel intimidated by the requirement to strictly follow any specific style, including MLA, the truth is that MLA style really is not that complicated. Following are a few quick tips we suggest at proofreadingpal.com for properly formatting an MLA document:

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How to Write a Thesis Proposal

on March 28, 2012 by Lori in Thesis Proposals
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Students often cringe at the challenge of writing a good thesis proposal, uncertain of how to select an appropriate topic (one broad enough to include supportive research, yet specific in theme) and create a polished, professional document. At proofreadingpal.com, we regularly edit thesis proposals of all shapes and sizes. Some papers require only minor polishing and helpful suggestions for clarification where needed, but other papers require a great deal of work in all areas—grammar and punctuation, sentence structure, document organization, and style formatting.

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Professional Writing

on March 14, 2012 by Lori in Books and Manuscripts
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I’ve edited many books, short stories, and even papers by authors who seemingly believed that ambiguous, dramatic, and descriptive words (and even repetition) somehow increased their document’s level of professionalism. Perhaps they were attempting to make the scene come alive for the reader or evoke a sense of rambling thought—very noble intentions indeed. Regardless, unnecessary wordiness and redundancy are generally considered unacceptable in professional writing.

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Be Yourself When You Write Essays

on March 11, 2012 by Mike in Essays
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Unfortunately, we see many misguided essays here at ProofreadingPal on a daily basis. And one of the fundamental suggestions we always offer to those clients is to “be yourself when you write.”

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Know Your Enemy – The Modern Language Association (MLA)

on March 9, 2012 by Mike in MLA
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The MLA currently claims about 30,000 members in about 100 countries. Although founded in the United States in 1883 and headquartered in New York City, the MLA’s membership and influence extend worldwide

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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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