November 20, 2019

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 t...

June 26, 2017

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 adm...

September 1, 2016

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 documen...

June 30, 2016

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 through...

March 21, 2016

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 t...

January 8, 2016



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 text...

November 30, 2015


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 surpris...

October 15, 2015


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 shou...

February 27, 2015


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...

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