Posts Tagged: Proofreaders

  • Quick, quick, slow: the science of reading

    ‘How long will it take?’ and ‘How much will it cost?’ are two common questions from clients. I’ve developed a fairly reliable way to estimate the time needed for various editorial and writing tasks. But come what may, all the words need to be read, and that takes time. Now there is scientific evidence that… Read more »

  • Lessons from #sfep16

    The annual conference of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) took place at Aston University, Birmingham, from 10–12 September 2016. I have been to several SfEP conferences, but this was by far the most enjoyable. I learned a lot and had a great time meeting familiar faces and making new friends. Here are my… Read more »

  • Twenty-five years and counting

    This is an exciting time of year for many young people who, if they are lucky, will shortly be entering the ‘real world’ of work. It’s twenty-five years since I took the same tentative steps, and in this post I share a few thoughts for would-be editors, proofreaders and journalists, and some reflections for those… Read more »

  • Working through the summer

    Working through the summer can be a frustrating business for freelances, torn between the desire to bunk off to the beach with everyone else and the urgent needs of clients. In this post I offer four tried-and-test strategies for keeping your cool through the summer holidays. Which one do you think I am following in… Read more »

  • CPD for editors and writers

    If you want to learn how to do something, try teaching someone else. I don’t know who first said this, and they probably phrased it with greater elegance, but the sentiment is spot on. From revising for a class test to taking on the role of Nelly in the low-budget business classic ‘Sitting next to… Read more »