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Plain English – what are the business benefits?

If you run a business, you probably know that customers appreciate clear communication. They want to be able to find important information quickly – for example, about products and services, how to find you or how to return an item

Posted in Business writing, Plain English

Why I love the Society for Editors and Proofreaders

As the romance of Valentine’s Day fades into the past and I attempt to retrieve the last remaining crumbs of chocolate from my box of Thornton’s, I realise it’s very nearly time to renew my vows to the Society for

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Posted in Editing and proofreading associations, Starting out, Working from home

Tips for being concise in academic writing

In a recent conversation with an academic author, she told me that she’d like to write more concisely. I think she’s already good at this: she keeps her paragraphs and sentences to a manageable length and chooses her words carefully.

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Posted in Academic writing, Students

What help can I get with my PhD thesis before proofreading?

If you’re studying for a doctoral qualification, you might be planning to have your thesis professionally proofread before you submit it to the examiners. Proofreading is the final stage of the work, when you want to iron out any spelling,

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Posted in Academic writing, Students

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

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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

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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,

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Posted in Academic writing, Business writing