Yearly Archives: 2017

8 ideas for taking a break in 2018

As the holiday season approaches, many of us are looking forward to some time away from our desks. It’s also a time when we have to rush to meet those end-of-year deadlines, so in the run-up to the holidays it

Tagged with:
Posted in Starting out, Wellbeing, Working from home

Getting into proofreading – making the most of your transferable skills

When writing my Spotlight entry for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) website, one of the questions I was asked was ‘What advice do you have for people starting out on an editorial career?’ Meeting new and established editors

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Starting out, Working from home

How to create table headings and figure captions in Microsoft Word

If you’re writing a long document that contains lots of tables, figures or illustrations (for example, a company report or a PhD thesis), using Word’s ‘Insert Caption’ tool helps you format, number and list them more efficiently. In this post,

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Academic writing, Business writing

School proofreading: Do teachers need a safety net too?

A picture of a person walking a tightrope

I have a confession to make: with a colleague, I proofread secondary-school reports. Not OFSTED reports – the ones that schools send home to students and their parents. I say ‘confession’ because when I mention this to friends and family,

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in School proofreading

Desk bikes – the Tour de Your House

Last Wednesday was National Fitness Day in the UK. Keeping fit’s a doddle if you work from home, isn’t it? You start the day with yoga. Go swimming at lunchtime. On sunny days you put down your pen (or keyboard)

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Wellbeing, Working from home

Ten things I learned from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders conference 2017

Notepad, pens and conference programme

Earlier in September I drove exactly 150 miles to join approximately 150 other professionals for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) conference near Cambridge. The theme this year was Context is key: why the answer to most questions is

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Conferences and events, Uncategorized