Producing audio books

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_635To reach the widest audience, you need to present your book in as many formats as possible. This post explains about making an audio book with Amazon ACX.

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The history of Standard English

Editing_and_Proofreading_Blog_484This is an interesting post about the history of the English Language. I suspect that the person who wrote A ridiculously brief outrageously selective and painfully simplified history of Standard English has been heckled at some point by the type who complains that infographics are an oversimplification. But then, I can think of several people who will be complaining at the idea that Standard English is a dialect!

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Things to do while you are reading

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_610We often hear that reading is a good way to improve your writing. As with many self-improvement ideas, it is more effective if you are actively looking out for things that will help. Passive reading will help of course, because you subconsciously absorb things, but if you want to improve quickly, you won’t want to wait.

So try this approach.

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Using music in your writing

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_685Sometimes it is useful to adopt a new approach to your work. This series of posts examines how you can use music in your work:

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Why do Australians tend to like UK spelling?

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_620I think the most interesting part of this post about the preference for UK spelling in Australia is in the comments section. There are some very sensible points in that section.

While I agree that spelling is complicated, I’m against the attempts to simplify, because, as I’ve written on this blog before, trying to match spelling to pronunciation assumes we all pronounce words the same way. Which we don’t.

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Are you running out of ideas for blog posts?

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_662Blogging regularly is great when the ideas are flowing.

When they dry up, it gets harder. It is always frustrating when you hit any form of block, but when a blog dries up, people notice.

Here is a list of stand by ideas to have up your sleeve, just in case. It is aimed at writers who blog, but most of the ideas can be applied to any blog.

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Beginning a sentence with “however”

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_650Laying down the law is a risky business. Michael Gove has been instructing his civil servants on grammar, but there is a snag.

There is a conflict. Look at these “rules”.

  1. It is good to read great writers to see how the job is done, and learn from them. A list of great writers has been provided by Mr Gove for guidance.
  2. Mr Gove is a fan of the “rule” that one should never begin a sentence with “however”.

This post from David Crystal gives examples of sentences from these great writers begin with “however”.

I suspect it is almost impossible to find a great writer who abides by all the “rules”.

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