How to sign your book

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_697Sometimes the simplest things are much more complicated than you thought. Once your beautiful book has been published, one of the things you are likely to be doing to market it is book signing. Seems simple, doesn’t it? If that is what you think, you may be surprised at the length of this practical post about book signing.

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The decline of the definite article

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_644According to some recent research, the definite article is in radical decline.

On the other hand, let’s look at why this sentence from George Washington in 1790 sounds so old fashioned:

I embrace with great satisfaction the opportunity which now presents itself of congratulating you on the present favourable prospects of our public affairs.

The main factors are:

  • It is long.
  • It is passive.
  • Look at how he uses “the”.

And the list goes on. For example, we don’t often talk about prospects these days.

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Another take on the book against ebook battle

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_531It has long been said that the paper book is on its way out.

I suspect mainly by people who don’t need to compare two books very often.

Now it seems that sales of paper books are taking off again.

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Writing an email to market your products and services

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_622Marketing is a hard task. There are so many things to think about, and it is so easy to run out of ideas when you sit in front of a blank screen.

Here are some tips to help you with your email marketing.

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When spell checkers don’t help

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_584Here are some examples of things that slip through spell checkers. Some aren’t everyday scenarios form most of us, but it still illustrates how careful we need to be.

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The origins of every day expressions

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_687English can be a strange language. There are many common expressions we use all the time without any idea where they came from, or what they originally meant. We just know what we mean by them today. Here are 14 expressions with crazy origins that you would never have guessed.

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So how hard can translation be?

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_671The answer is very.

If you think that translation is just a matter of finding the right page in Google, you may find this list of  top 10 misconceptions about translation enlightening.

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