Advice for Authors

These articles cover a wide range of topics and provide free tips for authors and editors.

 

Hyphens and Dashes: Clearing Up the Confusion

Do you know the difference between hyphens and dashes? Lots of people use them interchangeably, but if you want your documents to stand out, it's important to understand the difference.

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How to Decide If You Should Italicize Foreign Words and Phrases

It’s easy to press the italics button in Microsoft Word, but have you ever wondered if you’re using italics correctly?

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Five Things to Check in Australian Government Style

Writing for an Australian audience? You’ll want to use Australian style. Here are five ways to improve how you check for Australian Government Style.

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Geography, Culturally Sensitive Writing, and Who Are the Dutch?

Advice on words to consider carefully because of geographic and other cultural sensitivities.

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Editing Tips from the World's Worst Editor

A guide to the difficult-to-locate errors that led to the creation of PerfectIt.

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Check Your Dissertation or Thesis for Free with PerfectIt

It's probably the most important document that you’ve ever written, so learn how to make sure your dissertation makes the best impression.

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Human versus Machine: The Ultimate Editing Challenge

By beating Gary Kasparov in 1997, Deep Blue proved that a computer could beat the best in the world at chess. But what about editing documents? Find out what happened when we challenged a professional editor to compete with Intelligent Editing's software checker, PerfectIt.

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The Editor–Author Relationship: Five Reasons Why Self-Publishing Authors Need an Editor

Authors have always had help from editors. Has that changed because words are written electronically? Dick Margulis explains how self-publishing authors produce better books and increase their profits with the help of an editor.

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Bullets, Numbers and Lists: How Small Errors Have a Big Impact

Bulleted lists can make documents easier to read, but only if they're formatted correctly. Here are some tips to make sure your documents look their best.

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Five Ways that Consistency Matters

Geoff Hart explains why consistency matters to readers, and why it's important to check documents carefully.

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