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Fiction Writing and Changing Narrators

on July 3, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction
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When we write, we act as God in the universes of our stories: creating and destroying our characters at will, judging and accepting, choosing cruelty and mercy. It’s quite the ego trip, really.

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ESL/EFL Guide to English Essay Writing

on July 1, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Essays
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Expressing yourself effectively in writing is a challenge for most people, but for non-native speakers of English, the task can be muc

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Simple Secret to Writing a Great Story

on June 30, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction
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When you sit down to write and wonder where to begin, remember that many writers have asked themselves this question, and their answers all boil down to the simple elegance of: “A person in a place has a problem.”

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Pitching Manuscripts

on June 19, 2015 by admin in Books and Manuscripts
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A pitch package is a way of premarketing your book. Depending on whether you’re pitching a fiction manuscript or a nonfiction project, the package might take different forms.

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4 Tips for the Best Resume Format

on June 15, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes
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You’ve worked hard on your content; now make sure your recruiter can find it.

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

on May 28, 2015 by ProofreadingPal 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 ProofreadingPal 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 ProofreadingPal 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 ProofreadingPal 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 ProofreadingPal 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 ProofreadingPal 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 ProofreadingPal 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 ProofreadingPal 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 ProofreadingPal 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 ProofreadingPal 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 ProofreadingPal 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 ProofreadingPal 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 ProofreadingPal 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 ProofreadingPal 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 ProofreadingPal 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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