If you have ever had a piece of writing proofread and then handed back to you, you may have seen a variety of different proofreading symbols throughout the text. If you didn’t see anything, then congratulations!
Proofreading symbols were designed to help keep your pages neat and readable, while still marking the errors that require changes. Of course, if you aren’t up on all the different symbols, you might end up more confused in the end than if the page had been messed up with notes.
Today, most proofreading is done using software. It’s easier and faster and usually more efficient than doing it the old-fashioned way. Still, there are some instances when proofreading symbols are needed, and with that in mind here are some examples. (more…)
One of the areas of business that many people don’t give a lot of thought to is how a company communicates with its own people and the outside world. Corporate communications are an important element of every business, whether it is an actual corporation or not. A few slip-ups in this area and virtually every aspect of the business could be negatively affected. (more…)
To say that grammar and spelling isn’t everyone’s thing is definitely one of those understatements of the century we keep hearing about. You can have a wonderful idea, concept, point of view or story and still be way behind on the grammar and spelling part. Whether you are writing a blog post, a newspaper article or a Master’s thesis, you don’t want it littered with mistakes. Here are some benefits to using professional proofreading services for your writing. (more…)
If you own or run a business, charity, club or other type of organization that needs to ‘get the word out’ about anything, you may end up writing a press release at some point to accomplish your goal. Press releases are effective vehicles for attracting attention, making announcements and engaging your target audience. The format is pretty basic, but that doesn’t mean writing a press release is easy. Here are 5 tips to help make yours a success: (more…)
Just because you grew up speaking the English language and communicating in English all through school doesn’t mean you have great English writing skills. For some people, it just isn’t their thing. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your English writing skills. You can even improve them fast if you follow some proven tips. Check these out: (more…)
Almost everybody knows someone directly or indirectly who has a blog. Maybe you even have one yourself. Once upon a time (which isn’t very ‘long ago’ in Internet time!) blogging was kind of a cool thing to do and a nice addition to have for your website. Today, after some strategic updates and efforts to weed out irrelevant content on the web, blogs are more of a necessity than anything else. (more…)
According to Harvard University, a good thesis is made up of two main parts. It should let the reader know what point you plan to argue, and it should “telegraph” how you plan to argue. Anyone who has written a thesis knows it must also be free of spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and similar issues that will threaten its authenticity in the eyes of those you want to take it seriously. (more…)
Chances are, if you have gone through a traditional upbringing that includes attending elementary school, high school and some form of post-secondary school, you’ve written plenty of essays. The essay is often used as a benchmark to develop a student’s writing, editing, analyzing, comparing and contrasting skills. It forces you to think and express and examine your own thoughts, beliefs and ideas. Of course, for many students these noble attributes are lost and writing an essay is just one of those things that must be done in order to pass a class. (more…)
Chances are, if you’re in the business of writing in virtually any capacity you will benefit from a professional editing service. For many writers and businesses, editing becomes more of an afterthought to the wonderful, thought-provoking concept of the piece that has just been written.
In reality, quality editing means a quality piece of work and may even help drive the response rate if that is the type of writing you’re doing. In the end, it’s all about results and our editing services can influence the results of several types of documents. (more…)
If there is one thing you really don’t want to get wrong in business copy, it’s the translation of information to a different language. There is no better way to offend large groups of people than to translate a marketing message, essay, website or report incorrectly. Sometimes, an improperly translated document isn’t just a little different than it was intended to be. Sometimes it has a completely different meaning that can leave you and your company looking foolish. In Canada, we have two official languages and the translation is often from English to French. Here’s what to look for when choosing English-to-French translation services. (more…)