Editing & Proofreading

26 Oct 2021

THE END ALL BE ALL GUIDE TO EDITING AND PROOFREADING YOUR OWN WRITING

So you’ve just written your first draft. Congratulations! Getting words onto the page can be one of the most painful parts of the writing process. Unfortunately, you’re not done yet. As every seasoned writer knows, your first draft is just the first step. Rarely (if ever) does a piece move from the writer’s brain to […]

16 Jul 2021

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WRITING STYLE GUIDES

Jonathan Culver, an author renowned for challenging the foundations of the English language, once stated, “The English language is a work in progress. Have fun with it.” Indeed, the English language is a magnificent living organism. And unlike other languages, there is no “right” way of using it. Quite the contrary, English can lend itself […]

28 Apr 2021

THE SIX TYPES OF EDITING: KNOWING WHICH IS THE RIGHT ONE

Legendary novelist Stephen King once said, “To write is human, to edit is divine.” Indeed, nothing is perfect the first time. Writing is no exception. Effective writing requires a progressive approach. No matter how good writing is the first time, a good edit can take a text from good to great. When readers lay their […]

20 Oct 2020

STYLE AND TONE IN WRITING: WHAT THEY MEAN AND WHY IT MATTERS

As a writer, you hear the terms style and tone bandied about quite a bit, and frequently together. But are they something you need to pay attention to? Or do they just happen when you write? You know that all writing has some form of tone and style, but what do the terms really mean? Aren’t they […]

02 Oct 2020

HOW TO PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD WITH YOUR STYLE GUIDE

You may not think fonts, colors, and tone of voice are essential in telling your company or organization’s story, but they are. These items all reflect your brand and serve as important components to distinguish your company and establish customer loyalty. And there’s nothing better than a style guide to help ensure consistent communications. Style […]

18 Sep 2020

EDITORS VS. PROOFREADERS: THEY DON’T WEAR THE SAME HAT

The words you put out on behalf of your company are essential to your bottom line. They reflect your brand and your mission, and they attract potential customers or donors. With so much at stake, it is imperative that you have multiple sets of eyes on your final copy before it goes out for all […]

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, everyday words here. We’re talking about words with meanings that 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 […]