Category Archives: Editing & Proofreading

-IZE versus -ISE endings

As an author, editor and proofreader, two of the most invaluable reference books for use in British English are Hart’s Rules and the Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors, published by the Oxford University Press. I always encourage authors to … Continue reading

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Publication Mania

Originally posted on Anneli's Place :
Publication Mania One of the saddest things I see among beginning writers is their burning need to publish before their work is ready. For many writers in the early days of their career, publication at…

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He Said/She Said

Some months ago I came across a list on the Internet someone had posted with synonyms for the word said. Going through this long list I wondered whether English was the writer’s mother tongue as many of the words listed … Continue reading

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Understanding the Ellipsis and Dash

There are two punctuation symbols that frequently confuse writers: that of not knowing what to use or where when it comes to ellipses and hyphens. The Ellipsis The ellipsis is a single punctuation mark that consists of three dots – … Continue reading

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Quotation Marks – Double or Single?

A perplexing problem for many writers and authors is with regard to punctuation and capitalization, particularly concerning dialogue. As with many things in writing, there are differences between what is deemed acceptable in the USA, Canada, and elsewhere, and how … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Need an Editor!”

I am amazed at the number of self-publishing authors who still believe their work doesn’t need editing or proofing, then bemoan when a reviewer criticises and gives their novel a  low rating. These are often the same writers who grumble … Continue reading

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Kit Domino Proofing & Editing Blog

After the success of my blogs on proofing and editing, I thought it time that two of my worlds should pull apart although they remain in close harmony and proximity. Here I will concentrate solely on the nuts and bolts … Continue reading

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