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Dictionaries

August 24th, 2017 in Tools by April Michelle Davis. Read More » 0

All dictionaries are not created equal. Do you know what your dictionary is doing for you? Most dictionaries are now descriptive. They list the most frequent pronunciations and spellings first, even if they are not the best usages. Many dictionaries even include words that are considered nonstandard, such as “can’t,” “alright,” and “ya’ll.” Very few […]

The Hunt for Typos

June 22nd, 2017 in Tools by April Michelle Davis. Read More » 0

Sometimes, despite an editor’s best efforts, a mistake is printed. Some people think, “Oh well, editors are human, after all.” But typos do have a lasting effect. At a minimum, a typo can smudge the reputation of the publisher or website where it was published. Readers often will not trust the credibility of a text […]

The Importance of Indexes

May 25th, 2017 in Tools by April Michelle Davis. Read More » 0

When book buyers are considering potential purchases, the index can make the difference. A simple, organized layout with clear sections and an easy-to-use index will give your book the edge. Although writing an index can seem daunting, it strengthens the appeal of your work. The index must be clear and accurate to maximize its efficiency […]

Types of Editors

April 27th, 2017 in Tools by April Michelle Davis. Read More » 0

When searching for an editor, keep in mind that journal editors and book editors have different skill sets. Be sure you choose the editor that fits your publication type. Typically, academic journals have strict conformity rules. Articles are shaped to a specific format, and the editing is usually done on a tight deadline. Journal editors […]

Professional Editors

November 17th, 2016 in Tools by April Michelle Davis. Read More » 0

When I was in a composition class in high school, the teacher had the students exchange our essays so we could “edit” each other’s works. My best friend edited mine, and I received my essay back with a few red marks and a “This is really good.” Of course, my essay was average at best, […]

Microsoft Office Ribbon

September 12th, 2013 in Tools by April Michelle Davis. Read More » 0

The Microsoft Office Ribbon, which was introduced in Microsoft Word 2007, combines the menu bar and toolbar into a single floating pane. The purpose of the ribbon is to provide quick access to commonly used tasks within the program. Therefore, the ribbon can be customized for each application and contains commands specific to the program. […]


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