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How to Cut and Polish Your Writing for Your Editor or Proofreader

Posted by Conni Eversull   May 30, 2019 7:30:00 AM

As a writer, you need to trust your editors and proofreaders, but you should still spend at least some amount of time polishing your writing before handing it over to them. Sure, this makes things somewhat easier for your proofreaders, but it also ensures clearer, better writing overall.

Do you have a clear review process that you follow before passing your work along to your proofreaders or editors? If not, here are a few things to consider if you want your writing to be the best it can be before giving it to someone else to edit.

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Topics: editing, proofreading, writing

Land an Editing or Proofreading Job in 2019: For Beginners and Pros

Posted by Conni Eversull   Jan 11, 2019 7:30:00 AM

According to information parsed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be little to no change for editorial occupations in the next few years. So, landing an editorial or proofreading position in 2019 wouldn’t be a bad career move, whether you’re just starting out or are already well-established in the industry.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that there will be more competition for traditional editorial roles for job seekers who want to work for well-established print publications, due to the rise of online media publications and online media consumption—which means that you’ll still want to make sure you stand out against other job candidates. And whether you’re a beginner or an established editorial professional, there are a few things you can do to set yourself apart from the competition.

Here are some things you’ll want to consider doing if you’re interested in landing an editorial or proofreading job this year, whether you’re a beginner or a pro.

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Topics: editorial occupations

Top Six Mistakes Editors and Proofreaders Make

Posted by Conni Eversull   Nov 8, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Editors and proofreaders have many responsibilities and work extremely hard to make sure that every piece of writing they touch is as perfect as it can be before it’s published. They work hard to fix everything from the smallest of typos to the most egregious errors. However, they are still human. And sometimes they make mistakes; not very often … but sometimes.

Here are the top six mistakes editors and proofreaders make, that you’ll want to avoid making yourself.  

1. Not Verifying the Intended Audience

It’s important to know the intended audience for the document you are editing or proofreading. The intended audience will dictate the tone and voice of a written piece, as well as its overall syntax. And an intended audience will dictate which style guide and editorial guidelines are followed as a piece is being written, edited, and proofread. In addition, the intended audience will dictate what type of information needs to be further explained and what terms and acronyms need to be spelled out, kept abbreviated, or omitted.

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Topics: common proofreading mistakes

7 Tips to Write Stimulating Pieces About Trending or Worn-Out Topics

Posted by Conni Eversull   Sep 28, 2018 7:30:00 AM

When you write about a niche or an industry on an ongoing basis, it’s inevitable that you’ll eventually find yourself in a situation where you’ll need to write about something that others have already covered ad nauseum. You’ll want to write about trending or worn-out topics to focus on search engine optimization (SEO), to demonstrate your thought leadership, and to continue to write about things your audiences care about. But you’ll also want to avoid simply regurgitating what everyone else is writing about, because that will only disengage your audience.

Here are some things you can do when writing about trending or worn out topics, to keep your writing more stimulating and your audiences engaged.

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Topics: writing for your audience, writing about boring topics

Your Feedback Wanted - Quick Survey

Posted by Conni Eversull   Aug 30, 2018 8:04:26 AM

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Whether you’re a new visitor to our blog (welcome!) or have been reading our blog posts every week for years, you’re invited to take this quick survey.

We want to learn more about our readers and want to continue to write about things that are relevant to you and what you care about most. 

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Topics: blog, blog posts, survey

The Business Value of Hiring a 24/7 Proofreading Service

Posted by Conni Eversull   Jul 26, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Regardless of your professional experience and educational background, it’s important to rely on proofreaders to help you fine-tune your written work. Whether you need them to proofread a detailed quarterly report or a simple business memo, their expertise and objective insights will always improve the quality of your writing.

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Topics: proofreading for business, business proofreading

Seven Best Practices for Writing Better Cold Emails

Posted by Conni Eversull   Jun 28, 2018 7:30:00 AM

We’ve all had to write, or at the very least read, a cold email before. Whether you’re trying to reach out to a potential customer or client, make contact with a prospective employer or employee, or connect with someone to extend your professional or personal network, you’re familiar with sending cold emails.

When sending a cold email, you’re reaching out to a stranger, asking for their attention and a response. Writing cold emails isn’t easy to do and can be very time consuming. But there are a few best practices to keep in mind.

1. Do Your Research

First, research the individuals you’re reaching out to, to make sure they’re likely to be interested in what you have to offer. Essentially, make sure you have targeted leads, or you’ll end up wasting a lot of your time (and others’ time) and potentially giving the wrong people the wrong impression of your brand.

Once you know your prospects and what they care about, discover what specific information you can include in your email that’s tailored to them, their experiences, and what they care about. This will allow you to personalize your message. This also shows that you genuinely care about reaching them specifically and that you’re not sending out impersonal emails to a large group of prospects. Prospects will be much more likely to respond to a message that resonates with them on a personal level.

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Topics: email, email marketing

How and Why You Should Copyright Your Written Work in the Internet Age

Posted by Conni Eversull   May 24, 2018 7:30:00 AM

If you consider yourself a writer or have ever published or shared anything online that you’ve written and are truly proud of, you’ve probably asked yourself whether you should copyright it or not. And you’ve probably wondered how to do that and asked yourself whether copyrighting your written work is still important in the Internet age.  

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Topics: copyright

Will Cursive Handwriting Become Obsolete? Does It Matter?

Posted by Conni Eversull   May 3, 2018 7:30:00 AM

A recent state law in Indiana was passed a few weeks ago to allow cursive handwriting to be taught in schools. Although not a mandatory subject, the law codified cursive handwriting as an “optional” subject.

Many educators and professionals think that reading and writing in cursive no longer has real merit or relevance. In an age of ever-changing technology with smartphones, tablets, and laptops, why would we need to learn and practice cursive handwriting? Even our signatures are electronic-based nowadays, with computerized chips and fingerprints.

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Topics: cursive writing

6 Types of Writing You Always Want a Proofreader to Review

Posted by Conni Eversull   Feb 15, 2018 7:30:00 AM

proofreading correctionsProfessional proofreaders work hard to carefully examine every detail in your written work. They scan it multiple times to fix typos, grammar errors and spelling mistakes, and to ensure that it’s consistent in style and voice. But sometimes, especially if you have someone editing your writing, you may think that it’s okay to skip hiring a proofreader and save the time and money. If more than one set of eyes has scanned your work, then it should be good to go, right? Well … not exactly. Editors are certainly valuable and can fix and point out certain errors in your writing, but they aren’t trained to do the same things that proofreaders do. (Read Editor or Proofreader: Who Does What? to learn more about that.)

Before becoming convinced that you can forgo hiring a proofreader for your writing, you should consider what you’re writing first and whether it requires the attention and care that a proofreader will assign to it.

Listed below are six types of writing you should always want a proofreader to review.

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Topics: proofreaders, what to expect from a proofreader

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