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 Epigraph? (And How to Format One)

    What Is an Epigraph? (And How to Format One)

    Jan 02, 2023

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Formatting
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    When editing novels and other types of books, you may come across an epigraph or two. But what exactly is an epigraph, and how should you approach them as an editor? We’ll explain everything you must know about these literary devices, including the different ways to format them. What’s an Epigraph? An epigraph is a […]

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  • What Is the Present Perfect Tense? (With Examples)

    What Is the Present Perfect Tense? (With Examples)

    Dec 26, 2022

    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    The present perfect tense is one of the most common verb tenses in English, and despite the name containing the word present, it describes actions relating to both the past and present. Does it sound confusing? It doesn’t have to be! Read on for how to recognize and use the present perfect tense. How to […]

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What Is an Oxford Comma? (With Examples)

  • Editing Tips: What’s the Difference Between Tone and Voice?

    Dec 17, 2022

    • Editing Tips

    Tone and voice are terms related to writing style and are often used together. Unfortunately, this means they’re frequently confused with one another. So, what exactly is the difference between tone and voice? Here’s everything you need to know about these two terms, as well as what to do about them when editing. What Is […]

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  • What Is Antiquated Language? (And How to Proofread It)

    Dec 14, 2022

    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    As people change and advance, so does language. English is no exception to that; some of its words stand the test of time, while others fall from favor and are replaced by new words. In today’s blog post, we’ll shed some light on antiquated language in English and how to proofread it. What Is Antiquated […]

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  • What Is a Lede in Journalism?

    Dec 10, 2022

    • Business Editing
    • Editing Tips

    Readers are like balloons. Once they leave your grip, you may never catch them again. Having a good article title is not enough to keep the reader in your grip. You must also have a good opening. And this is where a lede comes into play. Today’s post will explain what a lede in journalism […]

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  • Formal Letter Format: Everything You Need To Know

    Dec 09, 2022

    • Freelance Tips
    • Professional

    Most of us will need to write a formal letter at some point in our lives. If you’re writing a letter for a professional context – such as for a job application or reference letter – it’s really important to get the tone and style correct. Email tends to be the more popular form of […]

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  • Copy Editing vs. Proofreading: What’s the Difference? (With Examples)

    Dec 07, 2022

    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Copy editing and proofreading are both types of editing that take place toward the end of the publishing process. But while the two terms are often used interchangeably, they refer to different tasks. In this post, we break down the differences between copy editing and proofreading and show you how these different types of editing […]

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  • A Complete Guide to Formatting Tools in Microsoft Word

    Dec 04, 2022

    • Formatting
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Proofreading Software and Tools

    Microsoft Word is a popular word processing software with a wide variety of features. As a freelance proofreader, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with its tools, as you’ll likely use them as part of your workflow.  While proofreading doesn’t always include formatting, many proofreaders offer it as an additional service. Microsoft Word offers […]

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  • 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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