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What Everybody Ought to Know About Proofreaders

The Origin of a Proofreader What comes to mind when you think about proofreaders? Perhaps, a harried pencil-pushing, glasses-wearing word nerd with hair pulled out yay far (imagine hands extending from each side of one’s head), another pencil behind the ear, and sweat beading down the side of his/her face—all the while deciding where a…

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4 Little-Known Proofreading Tricks that Work Every Time

Guaranteed proofreading tricks for a better document 1. Read each word of your text right to left (instead of left to right). When we proofread the same way we write and read, our eyes and brain can work in conjunction to fool us—tricking us into reading what we expect to see. You are more likely…

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Suppose the English Language Died…

Editors vs. Writers, The English Language, and Pulitzers Suppose the English language died. Who would be left to save it? It’s not so crazy a concept. We’ve already set ourselves on that bumpy road spiraling downward into a grand canyon of sentence hackers, modifier kidnappers, and members of the anti-spellcheck alliance. Does anyone care about…

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Is Proofreading & Editing Expensive?

The cost of getting it right vs. getting it wrong. Here’s why we’ll always need editing and proofreading.   Imagine–paying for printing, mailing, etc. only to discover that a single misplaced punctuation mark completely changed the intent of your message! Or an embarrassing spelling error wasn’t caught and makes it to your entire client list!…

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Business Services: 4 Reasons Why Every Business Needs a Proofreader

If your business goals include staying competitive in your market, improving your professional image, and opening your doors to more customers and a highly utilized staff, then you need a proofreader on your business services team. Let’s face it—very few businesses can afford to pay a full-time editor/proofreader and keep them on staff. That’s understandable.…

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Hyphens for Dummies (Easy Tips to Avoid Confusion)

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate–that is the question. The use of hyphens tends to bring up a lot of controversy from time to time, and it is possibly one of the most overused (or underused) punctuation marks. Here’s a quickie refresher on hyphen use. 1. Hyphenated Compounds vs. Open and Closed Compounds According to…

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Business Contracts: Comma Drama—Is A Comma Really Significant?

Don’t let your contract fall victim to comma drama.   Even in contracts, some consider the comma to be an insignificant mark of punctuation—barely worth noticing, emitting merely a pause in a sentence preceding a continued thought. According to Merriam-Webster, a comma is defined as a punctuation mark, used especially as a mark of separation…

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