When you are writing anything, particularly for business purposes, it is important to write your article so that the reader knows exactly what it is about in the first few sentences. Otherwise, the reader will get bored or distracted. Nowadays, people don’t have the time to read reams and reams of words just to get the gist of what you are writing about, be clear and engaging! Make sure that what you are writing is relevant to your audience It is no good writing about car me
In 2014, I started Jo Swift Proofreading Services after years of thinking about self-employment. I was so happy to stop thinking about it and just start doing it. To begin, tell us a little about yourself and your background. I started work in 1987 and have worked in administration and as a receptionist for the majority of my working life. I have worked for various types of organisations, ranging from start up business through to the NHS. I continued to do this until 2014, w
For businesses, the production of written materials is a year-round activity. Branded materials, printed collateral, web pages, internal documents, client reports: whatever it is that’s being produced, the need to keep tight controls around the quality of these documents is essential, particularly if there’s an external audience likely to see them. This is where the proofreaders step in! For those companies who don’t have the luxury of an in-house proofing professional, there
It’s NOT your work. You can read it, reference it, you can even directly quote passages from it, you can even share the original and its source, but it is still NOT your work. It’s a given, really; a principle that the vast majority of us have had repeated to us throughout both our formal and informal education. We are intellectual creatures and our incredibly powerful imaginations and ability to solve complex problems is what sets us apart from other life on our planet. A pe
When you use the services of a proofreader or editor, it’s important to make sure that you are fully prepared to pass your work over to them, including getting ‘the basics’ in place so you can get as much value from your professional proofreader as possible. I’ve put together a few tips for you to keep in mind that will help you: Make sure you give clear, straightforward instructions on exactly how you want your work to be completed, such as correcting wrong spelling, typogra
Editorial tests have long been used to assess the skills and abilities of proofreaders and editors. They usually consist of passages of text deliberately littered with ambiguity, inaccuracy and any number of spelling and grammatical errors. The idea is that such texts will assess the accuracy of the proofreader and provide a useful benchmark of their abilities when compared against other professionals. Are they, however, a truly useful way of assessing proofreaders? The debat
Increasingly many adults and young people find it difficult to spell the easiest of words such as ‘definitely,’ or they use the wrong spelling of a word for their sentence; for example: ‘I’m going over their’ instead of ‘I’m going over there.’ This comes as no surprise since around 16% of UK adults are ‘functionally illiterate’ and unable to read or write. Those with exceptional literacy skills are in the top minority. This implies that those with an average ability are likel
1 Me, Myself and I "If you would like help with your homework, see your teacher or myself. We are more than happy to help."
This is wrong because the word 'myself' should only be used when the sentence includes the word 'I'. 2 Apostrophes - When should they be used?
The one area of punctuation that seems to cause people the most problem is apostrophes.
Use apostrophes where the word is shortened.
I.e., Is not becomes Isn't. Does not becomes doesn't will not bec
If you are a student, it's the time of year that you'll probably be thinking about starting your dissertation. You've done the research and groundwork, so now it's time to put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard. If you're like many of the students I work with, you'll probably put all your effort into writing your thesis, then have very little time to actually check it thoroughly for spelling and punctuation errors. Here are three top tips to help you do this: Do not rely on