Menu

How Book Writers Get Paid — Part 2

on April 16, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Uncategorized
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

Cover Letters: 3 Lessons from Sales

on April 6, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Admissions Essays
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

What Plagiarism Is and How to Avoid It

on April 3, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Essays
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

Using Microsoft Word Track Changes

on April 1, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Uncategorized
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

8 Tips to Make Your Writing Sound More Formal

on March 26, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Essays
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

How Book Writers Get Paid – Pt 1

on March 20, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Books and Manuscripts
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

Writing a Cover Letter to Get a Job

on March 12, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Personal Statements
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

Proofreading Services Rates

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

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.

CONTINUE READING

Fast Proofreading Services for Rush Projects

on December 21, 2013 by Brian Kaldenberg in Admissions Essays
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

MLA Formatting

on April 20, 2012 by Lori in MLA
facebook in twitter

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:

CONTINUE READING

How to Write a Thesis Proposal

on March 28, 2012 by Lori in Thesis Proposals
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

Professional Writing

on March 14, 2012 by Lori in Books and Manuscripts
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

Be Yourself When You Write Essays

on March 11, 2012 by Mike in Essays
facebook in twitter

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.”

CONTINUE READING

Know Your Enemy – The Modern Language Association (MLA)

on March 9, 2012 by Mike in MLA
facebook in twitter

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

CONTINUE READING

“On Em dash, on En dash, on Prancer, on Vixen”

on December 23, 2011 by Tom in Business Proofreading and Editing
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

Read Before You Write (Part II)

on December 23, 2011 by Jessica in Proofreading and Editing
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

Read Before You Write (Part I)

on December 22, 2011 by Jessica in Proofreading and Editing
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

Knowing What to Look For

on December 14, 2011 by Mike in Proofreading and Editing
facebook in twitter

Effective writing is not so esoteric as to be beyond description. There are many elements we can specify. Let's look first at structure.

CONTINUE READING

Livestock Judging and You

on December 14, 2011 by Mike in Proofreading and Editing
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

How Writers and Proofreaders Can Live in Peace

on December 10, 2011 by Mike in Proofreading and Editing
facebook in twitter

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.

CONTINUE READING

Live Customer Support Hours 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (CT)

Submit Documents 24/7

Contact Us 888-833-8385