Editing Tips: Stacks and Ladders Explained

2 weeks ago / by David Standen
Editing Tips: Stacks and Ladders Explained
Previously, we’ve looked at widows and orphans, which thankfully did not involve any husbands or parents dying. Today, we look at stacks and ladders, which will not involve any literal piling or climbing. What are these metaphorical stacks and ladders, then? And what do they have to do with proofreading?…
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5 Tips for Keeping Your Critical Distance While Proofreading

2 weeks ago / by David Standen
5 Tips for Keeping Your Critical Distance While Proofreading
It can be hard to focus on proofreading if you’re too involved in a text, or if you’ve made several passes already and you’re now too familiar with it to easily spot errors. But there are things you can do to maintain critical distance when proofreading, including: Change your perspective…
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Editing Tips: Checking Your Sources Online

4 weeks ago / by David Standen
Editing Tips: Checking Your Sources Online
As a proofreader, you may need to look up information online, such as reference formats or jargon, when working on a document. And this makes the internet an invaluable resource. But the internet is also full of very dumb things. So, how can you be sure the information you’ve found…
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Editing Tips: Widows and Orphans Explained

1 month ago / by David Standen
Editing Tips: Widows and Orphans Explained
As a proofreader, if you work with a publisher, they might ask you to look out for widows and orphans in a typeset text. But this can be tricky, as not everyone uses these words in the same way! In this post, then, we’ll explain the basics, including: The…
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