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While I can't be sure of your exact context, the things you've listed seem entirely reasonable activities for the role of "editor" (in a general case). Whether or not it's appropriate for the role of "reviewer" depends on what powers a reviewer has in your organisation. (Keeping this in mind, I'll answer in terms of how I see the role of "editor", since it ...


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The classic answer comes from Strunk & White's The Elements of Style: Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer ...


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That depends on how you want to present yourself to your audience. If you want to appeal to the 4chan crowd or put yourself on a par with, say, the local used-car dealer, by all means stuff your prose with bundles of exclamation marks. But you have to ask yourself if exclamation marks (especially multiples) are really doing anything to help you. For every ...


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Off the top of my head: Why You Might Want To Leave Now Instead Of What You Wanted to Hear About, I Am Going To Talk About All The Things I'm Going To Try To Tell You If You'll Just Be Quiet The Stuff Standing Between You And Lunch I'm Going To Talk About The Following Because I Have The Remote A long time ago, in a galaxy far, ...


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I really like that you open with "Questions you would typically ask a home contractor." That's a great way to get across, very simply, what type of questions you deal with. You avoid needing to define specifics (though you do that to); instead, you're focusing on the type of expertise you're offering, which I find very appropriate. Very minor rewrite ...


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There are two elements of a quote for which clarity is far more important than friendliness: The description of your services. The statement of your fees. If you like, make everything else in your message friendly. But write the description of your services clearly. Then write a short line like this: My fee for these services is $100. None of that ...


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I am a professional editor as well as writer. As other say: It depends. Mostly it's an issue of expectations, since "reviewer" can mean anything from "someone who will admire me whether or not I deserve it" to copy editor (the role wherein the editor is checking for accuracy of spelling, grammar, and -- these days -- URLs) to line editor or development ...


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I've been doing freelance for a bit, and I've found that most of the sites where you have to bid for the work, the wages end up so low that it's not worth taking the project. My biggest suggestion, what's worked best for me, is to create a website. Once you've created a simple, uncluttered website, you can advertise your services on Craigslist or using ...


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Please provide a new PC and email account for John Smith This phrasing is fine. You have the right to request these items, and this is a direct, respectful way to make the request. Would it be possible to provide a new PC and email account for John Smith? This phrasing says that you aren't sure you have the right to make the request, and reads as ...


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You have several choices, and which one you use depends on the length of the document to be written, the subject matter, and your personal preferences. All sections here are examples of the technique they describe. Outlining The outline of this answer would look like this: Introduction - mention options Outlining - explain, give example Infodump - ...


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Another site that offers writing and editing choices is textbroker.com. Editors are rated, as are writers, and they are matched according to compatible levels. I am an editor and have looked into textbroker but, because of my other work, have not yet chosen to participate in their service.


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I like to use periods with full-sentence bullets, but it depends on the house style of wherever you're submitting your writing. My only caveat is that if you have a list where some items are full sentences and some are not, you have to be consistent: either they all get periods (even the phrases or single words) or they all don't (even the full sentences). ...


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Evaluating resume stuff in a vacuum is really hard. That being said, a couple of thoughts: In general, I think you're approaching the problem incorrectly. You're trying to write an Objective statement. Everyone knows you're looking for a job, otherwise you wouldn't be submitting your resume, so re-stating this is redundant. Your style is overly stiff; ...


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There are a number of ways I've seen this done. For single word items, I suggest either use no punctuation, or use semi-colons, with a period for the last item. For example: Apples; Pears; Oranges. You could use the same type of structure for sentences as well: I am happy; She was happy; He is happy still. Alternatively, use full punctuation for ...


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There are many "markets" with copywriters out there. www.Guru.com is the one I know with the best choices. It has rating systems, so you can know how reliable they are. Usually, they will provide access to previous work, so you will be able to tell if you like how they work. If they are reliable and you like their style... well, that's all you need.


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It's important to bear in mind that all changes made by an editor are suggestions meant to help you. The editor (at least, not the kind of editor we're talking about here) is not your boss. They are finding (what they perceive to be) problems with your writing and, in many cases, providing a sample way in which you might fix it. Sometimes an editor will ...


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I've had editors do everything from just say, "it looks great as-is" to heavy-handed edits that moved sections around with tweaks to nearly every word. Part of this is the difference between copy editing (e.g., spelling, grammar, punctuation) and development editing (e.g., content, style, format). It all depends. You don't say whether this project is ...


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I like this advice that I heard long ago: Tell 'em what you're gonna' tell 'em. Tell 'em. Tell 'em what you told 'em. Adjourn. EDIT moved from a comment and added to this answer at the suggestion of @Neil Fein: It's a professional presentation, you're a professional, so act like one. The best opening, imo, is "what I'm going to talk about." Anything ...


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We've had a variety of people here looking for places to find writers, and here's what's come up: In this answer, Crowdspring was recommended as a place to "crowdsource" writing. It's a writing version of 99designs, etc. This question was from a technical person asking for a copywriter. Suggested sources included textbroker.com and guru.com. Obviously ...


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With the standard Kindle self-publishing program offered by Amazon, you can choose to create an e-book out of just about any content you desire. Amazon doesn't have a lot of restrictions, especially in regards to business books, so getting the book out there really isn't an issue. However, the Amazon Singles do have to go through an approval process, and ...


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Strunk and White's Elements of Style gets a lot of love, although it's also been getting some criticism, lately. But it's more about style than pure grammar. I enjoyed Eats, Shoots and Leaves, but it's not exactly a basic grammar book. It mostly focuses on punctuation. I also like the Grammar Girl books, but again, by taking the time to make her ...


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Not sure what you meant about saying this "in reverse", but possible variations: "It is with regret that I have to inform you ..." "It is with great sadness that I have to inform you ..." "I'm sorry to have to let you know ..."


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I don't think that gender and middle names are a very big deal these days. Some of the biggest bestsellers have been written by females (with distinctly female names), and I doubt that there's much of a bias. Same goes for middle names - most book covers don't even mention them. I suppose if you are writing a ridiculously sappy, romantic novel about angsty ...


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Good morning XXX, I wanted to touch base with you about the status of your article for the newsletter. Please advise whether you will be able to send it to me by the end of the week. If it doesn't work with your schedule, that's fine; I just need to know one way or the other for planning purposes. Thanks! Regards, [your name]


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five and a half years No hyphens. Hyphens are for adjective phrases: It was a five-and-a-half-year journey. You also don't use the hyphen with the fraction. 51⁄2 years


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This question appears to have an implied assumption that there are two types of freelance writing: Print: High profile literary work that's difficult to get (aka “real writing”) Example: writing for the New Yorker Online: low paying and low respect, but work that's easy to do/get Example: blogging for other people for pennies/post If those were the only ...


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Two common strategies are: Rearrange words Change nouns to verbs if possible Instead of Web Product Provider: Provider of the web product or The web product provides ... Yes, I've shorten your example sentence, because I do not understand it ;)


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It's a hard question to answer. I've set $20/hr as my personal goal for writing. And I'm making it, but it averages out strangely. I might spend twenty hours on a short story that will only earn $60 because I want exposure to a new market - I'm essentially using the story as an advertisement, not as a tool for earning money. I compensate for that by ...


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Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Williams and Colomb. This book more than any other helped me write with power and confidence. Also clarity and a modicum of grace.


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One great way to promote your ideas is to turn one or two chapters into a 60- or 90-minute talk and present it at professional associations or conferences. Local chapters of professional associations are typically starved for good presenters. Similar: Post a few short podcasts or (better) videos in which you hit the highlights. Take a look at some of Peter ...



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