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Proofreaders – who needs them? Posted on 25 July 2016 by James Cowan in Proofreading

If you are writing for business or profit, then YOU do. That counts OUT people who are writing assignments, or their own diary. It also counts out many contributors to Facebook. But it definitely counts IN people who write any kind of books (particularly the self-publishers; a publisher will get your work proofread for you), articles, theses, all kinds of reports, estimates, quotes, contracts, business letters, press releases, blogs, website content ... Read more

Proofreading online versus using a local professional Posted on 30 June 2017 by James Cowan in Proofreading

Where to start? In several earlier blogs I discuss the fact that English is a language not of rules but of conventions, and that the conventions differ between regions. Thus to an American reader, saying "his clothes fitted him well" is at best weird, and at worst wrong, as American for "did fit" is the same as for "do fit", and both are "fit". And though I was born in the UK, I was brought up from the age of ... Read more

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