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Basic tools & tips for people editing (or self-editing) in Word

Word Styles The best instructions I have ever come across for how to use Word styles to format your document are here: Word Styles by blogger Louise Harnby. Another helpful link is:  How to u...

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Writing and editing: the tools we use for communicating with clients

We use different communication tools for our different writing and editing services, which include: 1) life story writing, and editing, designing and producing self-published memoirs and autobio...

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About on-site editing courses in Australia

Many institutions in Australia offer on-site degrees, diplomas and certificates in editing. University and TAFE courses tend to be higher cost and their courses are nationally recognised. Award ...

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Is proofreading ability innate or can it be learned?

An excellent proofreader must have: natural talent in proofreading, including an eye for detail training that has given them an excellent knowledge of sentence structure, spelling, punctuat...

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Editing fiction and non-fiction: a comparison

The purpose of editing any publication, whether non-fiction or fiction, is to make the corrections necessary to ensure that the author's meaning, and voice, are conveyed as exactly as possible to t...

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A self-publishing case study: the path from handwritten MS to ‘printer stage’

This case study is about a manuscript written by Michael Cusick in 2017-18, edited and designed by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading in 2018-2019, and self-published in 2019. Background and...

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Writers and editors: symptoms of vicarious trauma

Writers and editors who work with traumatic material (i.e. stories involving descriptions of traumatic events) can suffer 'vicarious trauma'. That is, although they are not the victim of the trauma...

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Writers and editors: rules for managing vicarious trauma

If you are about to launch into an activity or project that involves working or dealing with people who have suffered or are suffering from violence or abuse, you are at risk of suffering vicarious...

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Tips: hyphens, and em and en dashes

While the way hyphens are used is pretty universal, rules of usage about en and em dashes differ depending on your country, and your organisation's style guides. The below rules apply to Australian...

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Safety for female freelancers and sole traders

This article is based on my experiences as a female freelancer in Australia, and is directed at other female and female-identifying freelancers; however, some of the safety risks/strategies mention...

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