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How to Best Use Writing and Proofreading Tools

Ruth Starkman | Posted 09.20.2016 | College
Ruth Starkman

You've long known your word processor's spell and grammar checker offered only so much help. Likewise, the newer, heavily-hyped writing tools also remain inadequate to proofread your writing. No tool can completely "fix" your writing and none advertises perfection.

Editorial Services Explained: How the Industry Thinks About Editing, and How You Should Think About It Too

Brooke Warner | Posted 08.25.2016 | Home
Brooke Warner

This summer I listened in on an editorial panel at a writers' conference where I'd been invited to speak. The room was packed with aspiring authors who wanted answers to their editorial questions.

An Open Letter to Everyone Writing about Sneaky Mountains

Marc Hartzman | Posted 08.12.2016 | Weird News
Marc Hartzman

This is a plea to all the journalists, bloggers, social media posters, and anyone else who writes things for others to see. Stop saying "sneak peak."

Word Mongering: How Not to Get Anything Written

Liz Wainger | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Liz Wainger

When people spend hours and hours playing with the red pen or the edit function in Word, it's often because they don't want to own a particular direction or point of view, one which may be posited by another person or group entirely.

Are You Breaking This Basic Grammar Rule?

| Posted 08.22.2014 | Home

Down with comma splices!

Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction

Kristen Lamb | Posted 08.29.2013 | Home
Kristen Lamb

There are a lot of hurdles to writing great fiction, which is why it's always important to keep reading and writing. If you can get rid of these common offenders on your own, then good editors can focus on the deeper aspects of your fiction.

5 Business Writing Tips To Make Readers Hang On Your Every Word

Dan Roitman | Posted 09.15.2013 | Small Business
Dan Roitman

Your writing, after all, reflects your thinking. Disorganized or imprecise language often points to muddled thoughts, whereas direct, influential writing stems from a clear thought process.

Reflections on L.A. Weekly of the 1990s and Its Motley Crew of Misfits

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.02.2013 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

The Weekly gave me a home, a place where I could be part of something that was not only greater than me but also great in and of itself.

Proofread Backwards

Maureen Anderson | Posted 06.17.2012 | Home
Maureen Anderson

If your résumé sports typos, what's the potential employer going to think? That you're suddenly going to pay more attention to detail once you get the job? Probably not.

Some Free Advice on Being a Freelancer

Gary M. Krebs | Posted 05.14.2012 | Home
Gary M. Krebs

"A lot of freelancers have incredible skills but don't know how to market themselves and no one knows what they can do. A simple thing like creating an online portfolio on a web page can go a long way."

Honor Your Readers, Hire an Editor

Donna Marie Williams | Posted 05.31.2011 | Home
Donna Marie Williams

The dramatic rise in self-published books should mean that indie editors like myself are working overtime. Unfortunately that's not the case, and consequently our dirty underwear is showing.