Author Archives: The Proof Angel

About The Proof Angel

I am a freelance editor and proofreader. I work with a wide range of clients, from companies to self publishing authors. I can help you to communicate clearly in print or on line by providing a fresh pair of eyes, carrying out a final check, or by suggesting ideas to improve the flow of your message.

How to write first and last lines

First lines are important. They grab attention. Last lines are important too. They stay with the reader. So here are some tips for first and last lines. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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What to do after you think your manuscript is ready

I’ve finished my first draft, so now I need a proofreader. It is the email that makes my heart sink. Yes, I know you have put a lot of effort into getting this far. But no, I’m not in the … Continue reading

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The benefits of being a beta reader

Here is a handy post about how being a beta reader can improve your work. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Commonly confused phrases

I’m not sure I believe some of these. But if people are getting muddled, let’s get it fixed. Here are 33 commonly misunderstood words and phrases. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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5 Tips for writing vivid fiction

We haven’t had any writing tips from famous people for a while. Here are some thoughts about vivid fiction from Edgar Allan Poe. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Where does the word insurance come from?

National Insurance has been in the headlines since the budget. In the US, the word insurance is also topical. Read some background to the word insurance in this post. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this … Continue reading

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5 rules for writing a sequel

Writing a sequel is a good marketing ploy. People know they liked the first one, so it is easier to persuade them to give the next one a try. And of course, you already have an element of the planning … Continue reading

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