Editing & Proofreading

09 Dec 2015

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

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 […]

15 Sep 2010

OUR “FIRST” OFFICIAL ENTRY

Congratulations to our first official (in other words, doesn’t work for us and is therefore qualified to win free stuff) grammar-fail photo entry.  Thanks to Very Married for this awesome example of unnecessary quotation marks. Very Married says:  “Two reasons this is awful:  First, if this is “water” then where is the real stuff?  Second, […]

10 Sep 2010

THE WRITE BLOG’S GRAMMAR-FAIL CONTEST: WIN A $50 AMAZON GIFT CERTIFICATE

Are you a grammar Nazi?  A stickler for punctuation?  Do you want a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate?  Do you want a free link back to your website? The Write Blog is happy to announce our first-ever bad grammar photo contest. We’re inviting all of our fellow readers, writers, word lovers, and grammar geeks to get […]

18 Aug 2010

PRONUNCIATION OR PRONOUNCIATION?

The mysteries of pronunciation are solved! Not sure how to pronounce boson, dais, belfry, duchy, or denigrated? Check out the talking dictionary at howjsay.com. Sooo cool.

31 Jul 2010

LOGIN OR LOG IN?

Surprise!  It’s both. Login is the noun.  Log in is the verb. So, you log in to your website using your login.  Got it? Have some more helpful writing tips?  We always love to hear them.

24 Jun 2010

HYPHENATED OR NON-HYPHENATED?

Some punctuation rules are pretty clear. You know that a period belongs at the end of a sentence. Quotation marks go around direct quotes. Exclamation points, in general, don’t belong anywhere in your copy. But hyphen rules are not so clear cut (or is it clear-cut?). It seems that everybody has their own in-house “rules” […]

26 May 2010

56 GOOGLE SEARCH TRICKS FOR STUDENTS

This article is courtesy of OnlineDegree.net A great list of tips for anyone who does research online. Google has been around for ages, and if you’re just starting college, you’ve probably used the search engine for most of your academic life. But there’s more to the powerful search tool than just typing in keywords. Here […]

29 Apr 2010

AP: GOODBYE “WEB SITE;” HELLO “WEBSITE”

Good news for all word nerds: The Associated Press has finally made the switch from the old-fashioned “Web site” to the simpler, more natural-looking “website.” Yay! To me, “Web site” has always seemed a little stuffy and English teacher-ish. Good for AP to know when it’s time to change things up. According to the AP’s […]

29 Jan 2010

SIMPLE PROOFREADING PROCESS WITH A BIG NAME: RATIOCINATION

Thanks to Alise Isbell for contributing this wonderful post on a very interesting proofreading method. You’re bound to catch more errors if you do this! Ratiocination is a miracle that changed the way I write and edit. While not a professional writer, my company trains people how to write more effectively, and ratiocination helps. Webster’s […]