Understanding Your Proofreader’s Work: Non-English Words in English Texts

A few mornings ago, as I was up early brewing tea, feeding my cats, tossing seed to the birds outside, and preparing for my morning asanas, the sky illuminated deep and bold tones of color that demonstrate why the mountain range to the east of where I live is known as the Sangre de Cristos, …

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Constructive Criticism: Had Enough?

There’s a lot of criticism (hopefully constructively stated) involved in the editing phases of the publishing process. Comments and suggestions can be enormously helpful in the revisions process—they can lead to valuable discussion and insights, and it’s often possible to find solutions that satisfy both author & editor/proofread or author & beta reader.  However, “helpful” …

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The Search for a Compatible Editor

Congratulations on reaching the stage of your self-publishing adventure where you’re ready to bring an editor on board! Working with an editor who understands your message and has the ability to refine it through careful revision suggestions can be a transformative experience. Often, the first round of edits reveals that some crucial rethinking and reorganizing …

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3 Things Self-Publishing Authors Should Know about Working with Editors

Embarking on a self-publishing journey is an exciting and nerve-wracking experience, and authors who have opted for this route—either of necessity or choice—are often aware of the freedom and added responsibility that goes along with the independence of standing under the umbrella of a publishing house. I’ve been working with such authors, mostly nonfiction writers, …

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Vegan Foodies: Let’s Talk Greenwashing (Or, What is “Veganwashing”?)

Vegan diets are becoming much less of a trend and much more of a mainstream sustainable, ethical, and health-conscious lifestyle choice. As concerns about climate change and environmental degradation intensify, many are turning to plant-based diets as a means to reduce their carbon footprint. Numerous studies have emerged, confirming the environmental benefits of veganism. However, …

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Client Communications, Or, How I Work with Marketing Gemstones (Hint: Honesty + Creativity)

Dragon stone, watermelon tourmaline, bloodstone, moonstone, purple obsidian. I remember picking up a piece of candlestick quartz once and blurting out, “It’s not like a blood diamond, is it?”  That’s not a very articulate question in such a context, unfortunately, and in my opinion, effective client/customer communication is pivotal to the discussion of gemstones. Gemstone …

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What is Greenwashing, Anyway?

If you’ve browsed my website, know me, or have worked with me, you know that I’m committed to assisting my clients find their own clients through their eco-conscious visions and values—not through greenwashing tactics.  But how much have you paused to think about greenwashing?  In today’s eco-conscious world, consumers are increasingly prioritizing sustainability when making …

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A Quick Introduction to The Chicago Manual of Style

Introduction:  What is The Chicago Manual of Style and who uses it?   Published by the University of Chicago Press, The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS or sometimes just Chicago) is traditionally an academic guide that also has wide-ranging application in publishing among  academic and nonacademic books, in the business world, and on the web. Many editing and proofreading companies revert …

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What to Expect from Citations Proofreading

Research citations are unavoidable for research writers. Although they are among the most important elements of research writing and presentations, they are often also among the most neglected. These oversights are often the result of prioritizing the writing (articles and books) along with the visual and stylistic elements (presentations) over the sources of information and …

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