Advice for Authors

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

 

Free eBook: Wildcard Cookbook for MS Word

You can make changes in documents quickly by learning to use wildcard search in MS Word. This free ebook version of the Wildcard Cookbook by Jack Lyon explains how.

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Non-breaking Spaces: How to Check Something You Cannot Even See

You can't see the difference between a non-breaking space and a regular space on most screens; so what's the purpose of a non-breaking space, and how can you check that they're used correctly in a document?

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How to Punctuate Bulleted and Numbered Lists

Bulleted and numbered lists help you present your work clearly. However, if lists contain typos or inconsistencies then those will jump out at readers. Find out how to avoid making that mistake.

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Five Tips for Using Numbers in Your Documents

Do you know when to use numerals in sentences and when it's better to spell numbers out? If you were taught a simple rule in school, then it's almost certainly wrong! Find out the correct way here.

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How to Find Brackets and Quotes Left Open

Melanie Thompson explains how small mistakes such as paired punctuation marks can slip into text and provides tips for making sure it doesn't happen in your documents.

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Should You Use Accents in Your Text?

Find out if and when foreign characters, such as accents and diacritics, should be included in English-language documents.

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Five Things You Didn’t Realize PerfectIt Can Do

Even if you’ve been using PerfectIt for years, you might not have discovered everything it can do. Here are five tips and tricks that will help you get more from the program.

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Six Things to Check in European Union Style

Preparing a document for the EU or one of its agencies? Here are six ways to help you get your text in line with the EU's English Style Guide.

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Why We Do Give a F*** About the Oxford Comma (and Why You Should Too)

With more than 11 million plays, indie rock band Vampire Weekend’s song ‘Oxford Comma’ has generated lots of discussion. But what is an Oxford comma? And how should you decide whether to use one or not?

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Check Your Self-Published Book for Free with PerfectIt

If you're self-publishing, make sure that readers remember your book for its content and substance, not for inconsequential errors and inconsistencies in spelling and punctuation.

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