Category: Proofreading and Editing

IEEE Referencing Style

March 30, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

Writing Style vs. Grammar: Right, Wrong, or Neither?

November 28, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

Recently it came to my attention that an issue I’d thought of for years as a grammar error is, in fact, a matter of personal writing style—my personal style, to be specific.

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Collaborative Editing, Part 1

October 2, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

In some situations, however, a more collaborative process is not just appropriate, but critical. Let’s take a look at what collaborative editing is and how you can make use of it to produce the best writing possible.

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How to Find a Good Editor

September 4, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

When hiring an editor for your writing, you first need to make sure you understand the different types of editing. Underneath the umbrella of editing, there are four main activities, ranging from intensive developmental editing to light proofreading:

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We’re Hiring Work-from-Home Proofreaders

January 24, 2017 by admin in Proofreading and Editing

ProofreadingPal LLC paid out over $471K to work-from-home contract proofreaders in 2016, and we're looking to expand our network of professionals! Are you looking to make extra money with your proofreading and editing talents? If so, we'd like to learn more about you. Please visit our career opportunities page for application details.

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“I Feel Badly”: Argh! No, You Don’t!

January 21, 2017 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

People like to say, “I feel badly," but it's wrong. Let’s look at exactly why this is not an idiom, a turn of phrase, a colloquialism, or anything other than a flat-out mistake.

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Affect vs. Effect: Commonly Confused Words

January 16, 2017 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

Let’s look at a word pairing that can trip up even experienced writers (and some proofreaders): the almost-twins affect and effect.

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Editing Grammar in Poetry

January 9, 2017 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

A good poetry editor fixes bad grammar just like a good prose editor does. But a better poetry editor must also pay attention when grammar is being manipulated to aid meaning.

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Keep Editors Separate in MS Word

January 2, 2017 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

Here’s a quick guide to how you restore individual editors to a document in Word 2007, 2010, and 2013 in Windows and 2016 in Mac.

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Keep It Simple, Seriously!

December 21, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

Professional and academic documents demand the principle of “Keep It Simple.” While some document styles can take a more flexible approach, academic documents in particular should always be simple, easy to read, and visually uncluttered. Let’s take a look at why.

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Avoiding Common Capitalization Errors

December 3, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

I describe some areas of confusion about capitalization I have often observed in my work here at ProofreadingPal.

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Commonly Confused Words

November 29, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

There are word pairs, even trios, whose meanings are similar, but distinct. The shades of difference are subtler, and so sometimes even educated speakers find themselves unsure of which is correct.

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Rules of Canadian English

October 3, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

Canadian English is unique. Neither American nor wholly British, it’s a robust hybrid of British Commonwealth English and cross-border influences. Before we can assess the Canadian dialect, though, we need to understand how global languages become localized, and for that we need to examine the origins of American English.

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Capitalization in APA, Chicago, MLA, and AP

September 29, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

I have been noticing recently that willy-nilly use of upper- and lowercase letters is pretty common, although it is far from correct. So I thought it time to review some basic capitalization rules. Here are the types of words that should be capitalized:

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Proper Use of Comment Boxes

August 29, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

So much can be done with good comment boxes here’s an old-fashioned list of dos and don’ts.

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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 to Use Humor in Business Writing: How About Never?

May 28, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Business Proofreading and Editing, Proofreading and Editing

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

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

May 21, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Essays, Proofreading and Editing

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?

May 14, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Books and Manuscripts, Proofreading and Editing

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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