If you work for a company that has in-house writers who produce corporate content, you may have heard them quizzing: “Why do I need a professional proofreader when I can just use a work colleague or other friend to check my work?” This underlines a common misconception that a professional proofreader is something of an […]
It was definitely a writer braver than me who used as his novel’s title, For Whom the Bell Tolls. This phrase, lifted from a poem by John Donne, can cause writers to break into a cold sweat, seeing the word ‘whom’ hovering menacingly in print.
Sometimes errors can be happy accidents.
If you have ever tried a pudding recipe, you will understand that baking is both an art and a science – with results that can be heavenly ego-boosting or as disastrously deflating as an interrupted soufflé.
When quizzed on the difference between American and English humour, Stephen Fry said: “Comedy is the microcosm that allows us to examine the entire difference between our two cultures.”
The snow has melted and the daffodils are up. That can mean only one thing – time for the annual spring clean! Your wardrobe is one issue, but how long is it since you refreshed your reference collection?
It’s not only high-profile projects that can benefit from a proofreader.