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Tips – grammar, punctuation, spelling

Grammar 'That' vs 'which' Traditionally, we use "that" with restrictive clauses and "which" with non-restrictive clauses. A restrictive clause 'restricts' the identity of the subject in some way....

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What’s the difference between beta reading and a manuscript appraisal?

The differences between beta reading and a manuscript appraisal are... Beta readers come from all walks of life and industries. They need to be well-read but are not usually editors. The level of ...

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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

Line editing a manuscript is the stage of editing focused on correcting or improving the tone, style and consistency of the manuscript. What does the line editor do? The line editor: identif...

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Copy editing/proof reading explained

Copy editing reports, policies, applications, resumes, minutes, articles, and other types of documents that are not intended for publication, is the final stage of correcting a document, prior to i...

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Proofreading hard copy publications

A manuscript intended to be self-published in hardcopy needs to be edited, designed, proofread, sent to the printer, then the final 'proof' checked or proofread, before the print run commences. ...

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Proofreading the printer’s final ‘proof’

Once you have submitted your proofread manuscript to the printer, there is one proofreading task left to do. The final 'proof' When your manuscript is in the printer's system and ready for printi...

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Self-publishing: file formats from writing to proofreading

Most manuscripts are written and edited in MS Word or other word processing programs. The program you then use to design and proofread your manuscript depends on the type of publication. Editing y...

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The editor’s role in producing your book

The editor's role in producing your book is to edit the manuscript to make sure it  is well-structured and error-free, so it is ready for the next stage of production. A brief overview of the edi...

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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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