What is Track Changes? An Editor’s Best Friend

January 25, 2012
editing

Understanding the usefulness of Microsoft Word Track Changes can be helpful wherever you have to share a document with other people and want to be able to see the changes they have made. FirstEditing. com use this tool, because it enhances the editing service provided. When your edited document is returned, Track Changes enables you to see what has been amended, while your original document is also retained. The editor’s changes – added letters, words, .....

When to use Colon

January 20, 2012
colon

Although colons are seldom used, they are often used incorrectly. They are also often used interchangeably with the semi-colon. It is therefore important to have some guidelines as to when and how to use a colon. There is often confusion as to when to use a colon. Many people put the colon instead of the semi-colon which causes confusion, not to mention serious grammatical errors. When you want to use a colon, you need to .....

How to write an Author’s Bio

January 15, 2012
Author bio

Although you’re a good writer and generally you know your way around words, it is surprisingly difficult to write a good bio for your work. Of course there are many ways to go about it and you will find yourself writing the bio over and over again to get the right one, but it is important to have at least a few pointers on how to go about it. There are many websites that tell .....

Using Ellipses

January 12, 2012
ellipses

People often ask how to use ellipses, those little dot-dot-dots you often see sometimes at the ends of sentences. When is it appropriate to use ‘…’ in writing? Is it something featured only in informal writing or can it be used in academic or otherformal writing? The truth is there are many ways to use ellipses. For a quick reference, you can review some of the guidelines for ellipses here. Show an Omission In formal .....

Using Parentheses

January 8, 2012
Parentheses

Parentheses are among the more easily-recognizable punctuation marks. We see them when we read fiction, when we are going through instruction manuals, and we use them in math from a fairly early age. In writing, the primary purpose of parentheses is to include material without placing an emphasis on it, something that wouldn’t normally fit into the flow of the sentence, but needs to be included. For quick reference on different uses of parentheses, you .....

How to edit your student application

January 4, 2012
student application

One of the most important phases in your life is the time when you’re applying to go to university or college. There are endless forms to fill in, references to be obtained and then, of course, the dreaded personal essay that you have to write. The personal essay is a technique that selection committees use to choose the most suitable candidates for the programs offered. Very often it can be the difference between a well-written .....

How to compare book editors

December 31, 2011

A good book editor is essential to an excellent finished product. Besides, without their assistance your book may never make the shelf. However it can be difficult to find the perfect one that is suited to you from all the choices available today. Many may seem to offer similar services or even to have similar areas of expertise. But there are a number of traits you should check for when you compare book editors and .....

How to Accept or Reject Track Changes

December 26, 2011

Your editor will have edited your documents using the Microsoft Word Track Changes tool. This retains your original document while enabling you to see the amendments marked in red. The document will automatically open revealing these. Once you have had the chance to review the edits, you will want to decide whether to accept or reject each one. Whether you use Word 2002–2003, Word 2007, or Word 2010, follow the steps below. How to Accept .....

Ampersand

December 18, 2011

The ampersand is friend to punctuation lovers, store owners with limited signboard space, and lazy people who can’t take the time to spell out “and” – for “and” is the meaning of this symbol, widely recognized visually but not always identified by name. Interestingly, the ampersand is a conjunction of the letters “e” and “t,” which spell the Latin word “et” (which means – you guessed it – “and.”) Technically, the term for such a .....

How and When to Use Ampersand

November 15, 2011

The ampersand (&) is a symbol for “and”. With the growth text messaging it has found new uses in SMS language, but how and when should you use the ampersand. Unlike the percent or degree symbol, the ampersand is generally not used in editing except in very informal situations. The ampersand is used in logos and headlines for its design element, but should never be used in text.  You can find more information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampersand. .....