Proofreading and Editing Tips

Whether you’re just getting started or are a seasoned proofreader or editor, there’s always something new to learn. That’s where our blogs come in. They’re packed with expert views, hints and hacks on everything from grammatical curiosities to formatting shortcuts and can’t-live-without tools.

  • What Is an Antihero? (With Examples)

    What Is an Antihero? (With Examples)

    Nov 30, 2022

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips

    An antihero is an interesting twist on the conventional “good guy” protagonist and is something you may encounter when editing narrative fiction. In this post, we’ll explain the defining traits of this character archetype and how you can help your client to write a great antihero. What Is an Antihero? An antihero is a protagonist […]

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  • What Is FOMO in Copywriting? (And How to Use It Effectively)

    What Is FOMO in Copywriting? (And How to Use It Effectively)

    Nov 25, 2022

    • Business Editing
    • Editing Tips

    Fear of missing out (also known as FOMO) is a concept widely used in marketing copy. If you’re an editor working in this area, you’ll need to understand how it works. In this post, we’ll explain what FOMO means in copywriting and how you can help your business clients use it effectively. What Is FOMO? […]

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  • When to Use “I” and “Me” in a Sentence

    Nov 19, 2022

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Is it “you and me” or “you and I”? This can be a complex question, even for native English speakers. The difference lies in whether you need to use a subject pronoun or an object pronoun. In this post, we’ll dig into what these pronouns are and how to establish when “I” or “me” is […]

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  • Literally and Figuratively: What’s the Difference?

    Nov 16, 2022

    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    The English language’s waters can be muddy. So too can the difference between this pair of words: literally and figuratively.  Literally and figuratively aren’t the same thing, despite what some people may think. Literally used to denote a literal, or letter-by-letter, meaning. People didn’t start to use literally in a figurative sense until about 200 […]

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  • When to Use Possessive Apostrophes

    Nov 13, 2022

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation

    Apostrophes are one of the most commonly misused forms of punctuation. As a proofreader or editor, you’ll need to catch apostrophe errors in your client’s work. There are two main uses of apostrophes: to indicate possession and to create a contraction. In this post, we’ll be focusing on the former. Read on to learn the […]

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  • 7 Essential Skills for Proofreading and Editing

    Nov 11, 2022

    • Editing Tips
    • Freelance Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Skills and Experience

    While you don’t need a specific degree to launch a successful proofreading and editing business, you do need certain skills. And although many freelancers offer both proofreading and editing, those two things are very distinct services that require different skill sets.  However, they share many of the same essentials, and if you’re motivated to learn, […]

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  • Similes and Metaphors: What’s the Difference?

    Nov 09, 2022

    • Common Errors
    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a simile and a metaphor and how to use them in writing? If you’re an editor, particularly of creative writing and fiction, it’s important to know the difference between these two literary devices so that you can advise your client on when to use them – […]

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  • 7 of the Best Podcasts About Language

    Nov 07, 2022

    • Editing Tips
    • Freelance Resources
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Podcasts are more popular now than ever before, with a podcast on every topic from paranormal investigations to ancient history. They can be an inspiring educational or proofreading tool as well as a way to make learning more fun. You can even listen to a podcast while doing work and household chores, making them great […]

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  • Whomever or Whoever: What’s the Difference?

    Whomever or Whoever: What’s the Difference?

    Nov 06, 2022

    • Editing Tips
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    If you’re confused about when to use whomever or whoever, you’re not alone. In today’s post, we’ll explain the difference between whomever and whoever and how you can determine which one to use. Who and Whom Whoever and whomever take their forms from who and whom, two words that belong to a time when many […]

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  • How to Find Work with Self-Published Authors

    How to Find Work with Self-Published Authors

    Nov 04, 2022

    • Clients
    • Creative Writing
    • Freelance Tips

    Many authors are now choosing to self-publish so they can craft their work without having to consider the limitations of publishers. But authors who go this route still need a crucial element to bring their masterpiece to completion – a qualified editor.  Working as an editor for self-published authors offers many advantages, such as being […]

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