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Self-publishing At Crib Point! The path from handwritten MS to ‘printer stage’

Michael Cusick first approached On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading in October 2017, to ask if we could assist in typing  and publishing  his handwritten manuscript (MS) about the history of...

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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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Recovering from vicarious trauma: an editor’s case study

Recently, I woke up to discover I was falling slowly into a pit. I have been there before, several times. The difference now is that I know its name: vicarious trauma. And I know its causes a...

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Tips: grammar, punctuation, spelling

Grammar 'That', 'which' and whether to put a comma before which Traditionally, we use "that" with restrictive clauses and "which" with non-restrictive clauses. A restrictive clause 'restricts' th...

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The benefits of networking online with other editors

Networking and information-sharing is an important aspect of an editor's professional development but attending face-to-face professional editor events is not always possible and can be costly. Onl...

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Formatting tips for people editing (or self-editing) in Word

Word Styles The easiest instructions I have ever come across for how to use Word styles to format your document and save time: Word Styles by blogger Louise Harnby. Here is another helpful link: ...

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Line editing explained

The line edit is the first stage of copy editing. It is sometimes called a 'rough copy edit'. Line editing can only be commenced once the manuscript (or other document) is structurally sound and...

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