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Writing family histories: what genre to use?

The genre you choose when embarking on writing about a personal or family history  will depend on your writing skill, style or preference, and possibly also on the amount of factual information yo...

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Editing fiction and non-fiction: a comparison

The purpose of editing any publication, whether standard non-fiction or fiction/creative non-fiction, is to make the corrections needed to ensure the writer's intended meaning, story and voice, are...

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For writers: when and how to self-edit your manuscript

when should i start self-editing my draft manuscript? We suggest you wait at least a few days, or preferably a few weeks, after you have finished your first draft, before self-editing. This is so ...

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Self-editing your manuscript

How do you get your manuscript from 1st draft stage to the point where it's ready to be handed over to an editor? Self-edit. Rewrite where necessary.  Then self-edit some more. Editing your ...

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When can you self-edit and when do you need an editor?

Self-editing is the task of editing your own document after you have written it. After self-editing, some types of documents also need to be edited and/or proofread by another person. When is self...

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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: the "rough" copy edit (sometimes referred to as the first pass of the copy edit, or the...

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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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Proofreading resumes and reports

When people want an editor to review their resume or report to  ensure it is well-presented and to correct any errors in punctuation, grammar or spelling, they usually say they need their document...

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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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Resumes – if they’re worth writing, they’re worth proofreading

Why is it important for someone to proofread your resume? Proofreading * your resume is particularly important if you intend to apply for jobs that require good writing skills or attention to deta...

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