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FAQs for writers – beta reading, manuscript appraisal, structural or developmental editing

FAQs about beta reading, manuscript appraisals, and structural or developmental editing 1. At what stage should I look at having my manuscript beta read, appraised or edited? Prior to requesti...

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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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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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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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Workshop: how to edit your own poetry

This 2 to 2.5 hour workshop is for poets who have written, or are writing, a collection of poems. The presenter will teach you the steps of reviewing, self-editing and collating your poems, for a s...

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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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‘Line’ editing, or ‘rough’ copy editing, explained

The line edit, or the rough copy edit, is the first stage of copy editing. Rough copy editing can only be commenced once the manuscript (or other document) is structurally sound and ready for co...

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The final copy edit (sometimes called ‘proof read’)

The final copy edit of a report or manuscript intended for publication is the final stage of correcting the document prior to it being designed, proof read,  and either e-published or printed and ...

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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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