Editing & Proofreading

25 Feb 2019

HOW TO BECOME A GREAT SELF-EDITOR: 7 QUESTIONS TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING

We’ve said it before, and we’ll probably say it again: Editing is an essential part of the writing process. Every writer — from the bestselling novelist to the complete novice — can benefit from a thorough review by a critical, impartial eye. Of course, it’s hard to be critical and impartial about your own work. […]

28 Jan 2019

SANS FORGETICA: A FONT TO HELP READERS REMEMBER

As a general rule, we writers tend to favor fonts that are practical and easy to read. While Baskerville Old Face and Lucinda Calligraphy are fun, it is highly unlikely that you will ever see them printed in a book. But what if we are doing it all wrong? What if the “easy” fonts such as […]

16 Jan 2019
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THE GREAT OXFORD COMMA DEBATE

It is one of the greatest debates in the English-speaking world… To Oxford comma, or not to Oxford comma. While it is technically a grammatical option in American English, there are many people who feel very passionate about the Oxford (or serial) comma. In fact, this silly little comma has been the topic of debate […]

29 Oct 2018
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COMMONLY USED PRINTING AND PUBLISHING TERMS

To a first-time author, few stages of the book-writing process are as overwhelming as publishing and printing. You’ll make decisions about everything from cover art to paper quality. You’ll have to decide which printing option is right for you and your readers. You’ll need to have opinions about whether you want a prologue or an […]

31 Jan 2018
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WHAT KIND OF EDITING DO I NEED?

“Can you edit this?” It’s arguably one of the vaguest requests heard in the world of editing and publishing. That’s because there are multiple types of editing, and they often mean something very different to each party in the editing relationship – the writer and the editor. A basic Internet search of “types of editing” […]

28 Dec 2017
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A PROOFREADER’S CHECKLIST

Proofreading can be scary at times because it carries so much responsibility. The proofreader must deliver a product that is as perfect as humanly possible. In some businesses, the proofreader is the last person to touch a document, making the final changes before it is published. Like editing, proofreading can require a light or a […]

29 Aug 2017
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INTERVIEW: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EDITING AND PROOFREADING

With traditional publishing on the decrease — self-published books represented 31 percent of  e-book sales on Amazon’s Kindle Store in 2014 — more authors than ever shoulder the responsibility of making sure their books contain clean, polished, and accurate copy. That means, ideally, that they’re hiring professionals to fine-tune their manuscripts once the writing is complete. The […]

24 Sep 2016
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TEST YOUR GRAMMAR KNOWLEDGE

Can you spot the 10 errors in the paragraph below?   Click here to view the answers!

09 Dec 2015
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GETTING YOUR BOOK ON THE SHELF

It’s the critical question all would-be authors keep asking: How do I get my book published? Dino Price has been the managing director of John M. Hardy Publishing in Houston for three years, but his background is in business development and marketing strategies. That combination of experiences makes him a very useful resource for up-and-coming […]

15 Nov 2010
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GRAMMAR-FAIL TIEBREAKER: THE VOTES ARE IN!

Thanks to everyone who voted for a second-place winner. The votes are in, and we’d like to congratulate Charlotte P. for taking second place (and for scoring a $25 Amazon.com gift card)! Charlotte submitted this photo of a wearable grammar fail (“Free hugs for qualifed candidates”): So, this brings our first-ever grammar-fail photo contest to […]