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Is proofreading ability innate or learned?

To proofread at the high level needed for publications, the proofreader: must have been trained as an editor or proofreader (theoretically and/or on-the-job); i.e. must have learned an excelle...

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‘Rough’ copy editing explained

Copy editing is the final stage of editing prior to the graphic design stage. Copy editing comprises:  one ‘rough' copy edit (sometimes referred to as the first pass of the copy edit), f...

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Structural or developmental editing – what is it?

Once a manuscript has been written and self-edited by the writer to the stage where they feel they can't improve it any more themselves, it needs to be edited by a professional editor. Structura...

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Collaborative poetry editing

One way to edit something as personal and subjective as a poem, or a collection of poems, is to edit it in very close consultation with the poet. When editing a poem or manuscript for a book of ...

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How to use your self-managed NDIS funds for writing, editing or typing assistance

In Australia, people who are self-managing their NDIS funds can use those  funds to pay for typing, writing or editing services and support - as long as: that support is necessary because of ...

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Debriefing and confidentiality, when writing or editing sensitive or explicit material

Maintaining confidentiality If you're working in a position where you've got access to your clients' private information (such as their life stories or researched information), it's essential to m...

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Why don’t you use your holiday break to start writing that book?

The holiday season is upon us: it's time to take a well-deserved break from work and your usual responsibilities. But what will you do this holiday break? Whether you're staying at home or going...

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Writing family histories: what genre to use?

The genre you use when embarking on writing a family history will depend in part on your writing skill, style or preference, and in part on the amount of factual information you have access to. N...

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The steps of producing a self-published hardcopy book

The steps of producing a self-published hardcopy book are: writing and self-editing (including, possibly, beta reading and/or MS appraisal) editing graphic design proofreading, then p...

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Editing: how to make your book more accessible to people with reading difficulties

This article is about editing and producing publications in a way that makes them more accessible to people who have reading difficulties caused by dyslexia, limited literacy, or other conditions o...

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