Editing & Proofreading

21 Jul 2020

FANTASTIC WORDS THAT ARE BEGGING FOR A COMEBACK

Have you ever heard a word, and found yourself thinking, “Wow! Now, THAT is a great word!”? We’re not talking ordinary, every day words here. We’re talking about words whose meanings perfectly describe certain situations or people. Take the word “groke,” for example. You know that guy (or girl) who stares at you when you […]

10 Jun 2020

ISBNS: THE ALPHABET SOUP OF THE LITERARY WORLD

Your grocery store cashier picks up your can of chicken noodle and waves it over a little sensor before delivering it to the conveyor for bagging. You know what’s happening: The can is stamped with a barcode that indicates the item and price. Once scanned, this information tells the cashier how much you owe and […]

05 Mar 2020

THE DEATH OF THE APOSTROPHE SOCIETY

As self-proclaimed grammar nerds, we at The Writers For Hire are disappointed to share that the Apostrophe Protection Society has officially been shut down. (Never mind the fact that we did not even know that such a society ever existed until we came across this article from the Evening Standard.) The society, which was founded […]

06 Feb 2020

PROOFREADING ALWAYS COUNTS

Proofreading Always Counts In 1904, dressmaker Lena Himmelstein Bryant opened a boutique in New York City. When she opened her business account at the bank, the clerk misspelled her name… and Lena simply rolled with it. If not for a similar situation, we might be googoling things on the internet today. Here’s the story: When […]

15 Jan 2020

THE P’S AND Q’S OF PROOFREADING

Proofreaders don’t get enough credit – and a lot of people don’t spend enough time proofreading their own work. Proofreading is about more than just making sure to cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s. We’ve put together a list of helpful proofreading tips to make sure that your documents come out as […]

23 Dec 2019

LOGICAL LINKING IN WRITING

One of my new pet peeves is prepositional phrases that don’t actually logically link to the rest of the sentence.

12 Dec 2019

THINK YOU’RE DONE EDITING? TAKE A STEP BACK.

A writer’s work is never done. When you’re writing, you can get so wrapped up in the proofreading and editing process that you miss a HUGE oversight or error in your copy. This goes for all writing — whether it’s a marketing letter, a web page, or a novel. So, when you think you’re done […]

19 Sep 2019

REWRITING: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE TO REPHRASE SOMEONE ELSE’S WORDS

One of the things freelance writers are often called upon to do is rewriting. That is, they’re charged with finding new ways to present information that’s already been written about elsewhere – sometimes because the original format is not suited for the target audience and sometimes to avoid copyright infringement. This isn’t always easy. Sometimes, […]

28 Jun 2019

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NONFICTION GHOSTWRITER AND AN EDITOR?

With so many different terms used in the process of writing a book, it’s easy to see how someone might get confused. In our previous blog, we explored what a ghostwriter is and what they do. But, how does their job differ from that of an editor? And can a ghostwriter and an editor be […]

04 Jun 2019

12 LITTLE-KNOWN PUNCTUATION MARKS TO MAKE YOUR WRITING MORE INTERESTING

It is common knowledge that most sentences end with a period. We are all familiar with the often overused exclamation mark, and we all know that question marks help indicate that a phrase is interrogative. But, have you ever heard of an “interrobang?” How about a “certitude point?” This fascinating article from Readers Digest introduces […]