Editing Tips

Advice on the skills you need as a freelance proofreader and editor. Check out our editing tips and advice to develop your abilities and impress your clients.

  • An Editing and Proofreading Glossary

    An Editing and Proofreading Glossary

    Apr 09, 2020

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    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    If you want to become a proofreader, it helps to know the lingo. And as with any industry, editing and proofreading has its own terminology. Check out the glossary below to learn a few key terms that you would need to know to become a proofreader or editor. Copy Editing Copy editing typically involves refining […]

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  • What to Do with the Singular They

    What to Do with the Singular They

    Apr 05, 2020

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    • Grammar
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    • Style
    • Vocabulary Tips

    Becoming A Proofreader Are you interested in becoming a freelance proofreader, but not sure where to begin? Our comprehensive Becoming A Proofreader course is a great place to start! Sign up for a free trial and try it out today.

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How to Write a Style Sheet for Proofreading or Copy Editing

  • Freelance Proofreading Tips: The Client’s Brief

    Mar 19, 2020

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    As a freelance proofreader and editor, your work may range from making major changes to a document to fixing typos and other minor errors. And this variability is why you need to agree a clear brief with each client. But what is a brief? And what might it cover? Understanding the Client’s Brief In simple […]

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  • How to Use Google Ngram Viewer While Proofreading

    Mar 05, 2020

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    Google offers many tools that a proofreader might use. One of the most underappreciated is the Ngram Viewer, which you can use to see how common certain words are. So, how does the Ngram Viewer work? And how can you use it while proofreading? What Is the Google Ngram Viewer? An n-gram, in basic terms, […]

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  • What Are Proofreading Marks? A Beginner's Guide

    Mar 02, 2020

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    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Most proofreading is now done via a computer in a program like Microsoft Word. When working on paper, though, proofreaders often use proofreading marks. But what are proofreading marks? And do you need them to work as a proofreader? Let’s take a look. How Proofreading Marks Work When proofreading on paper, you cannot edit a […]

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  • Substantive vs. Mechanical Editing: What You Need to Know

    Feb 24, 2020

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    What does editing involve? Well, that all depends on the type of editing and who you ask. But to keep things simple, we’ll focus on two main categories: Substantive Editing – Focuses on the document as a whole, not the small details. It may involve making major changes to a text, including to its structure […]

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  • 3 Tips for Staying Focused While Proofreading

    Feb 17, 2020

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    • Skills and Experience

    Attention to detail is crucial for any proofreader. But how can you maintain your focus when editing long, dry documents? Or when working for hours on end? We won’t claim to have all the answers, but we do have three great tips for staying focused while proofreading. 1. Take Regular Breaks Fatigue is the number […]

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  • Proofreading Resources: Style Guides

    Feb 10, 2020

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    • Style

    Style guides are crucial for proofreading and editing. As a freelancer, you may come to depend on them quite heavily! After all, a good style guide will tell you everything you need to know to edit a document, from spelling preferences to citation styles. But which style guides do you need? And where can you […]

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  • Copy Editing vs. Proofreading: What You Need to Know

    Copy Editing vs. Proofreading: What You Need to Know

    Feb 06, 2020

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    • Professional
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    In the publishing world, copy editing and proofreading both take place toward the end of the editing process. However, these terms are tricky to pin down. And to confuse matters further, many freelance editors offer a mix of both. But there is a distinction between the two, so let’s look at what makes copy editing […]

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  • 5 Top Tips for Giving Great Feedback on a Document

    5 Top Tips for Giving Great Feedback on a Document

    Jan 23, 2020

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    Knowadays is about more than just grammar, spelling, and punctuation. It’s about how you can help clients produce excellent writing, which often involves leaving feedback. But how should you comment on a document you’re editing? Let’s find out.

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