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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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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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Self-editing your manuscript (fiction or non-fiction)

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 if necessary. Self-edit. If you think it will help, use beta rea...

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Structural editing explained

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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How to get your message across to your readers

As a writer, how do you get your message across to your readers as clearly as possible? 1) clarify your audience, 2) write your 1st draft, 3) self-edit/rewrite as many times as necessary, and 4) g...

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Choosing the best editor for your project

When choosing an editor for your project you need to make sure the editor is professional, has the right experience, is recommended by referees, understands the exact task, provides you with a writ...

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The editing stages of producing a book, report or other document

If you have written a document that you intend to publish or circulate in the public arena, it needs to be presented so those readers will read and understand it. Whether your document is a repo...

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Why writers need editors

Writing and editing require very different skills and writers and editors have very different roles. Writers and editors are both required to produce a written work whether it be a report, submissi...

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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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