Author Archives: The Proof Angel

About The Proof Angel

I am a freelance editor and proofreader, working with a wide range of clients from large companies to individuals. I can help you to communicate clearly by carrying out a final check, or by suggesting ideas get your message over. I also have a sideline in textiles, as The Rainbow Angel.

How to get your self-published books into book shops

Getting your book into local shops is a good strategy. Here is a post about how to get book shops to take your self published books. It is a good idea to pay particular attention to the section on how … Continue reading

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Converting a Word document into an ebook

This is a subject that causes trouble all the time. People like to control the way their book looks. Well, that is perfectly reasonable, after all the effort you have put into it. With a hard copy, you can control … Continue reading

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Just des(s)erts

We all know what it means, but a lot of people are unsure about whether to use “just deserts” or “just desserts”. This is a thorough post about a confusing phrase: just des(s)erts. And once you know which word you want, … Continue reading

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How to calculate your book’s length before writing

Are you planning a book? Planning is a useful process, giving you direction, helping you stay on track, and letting you see how far through the process you are. Some plans are reasonably standard. You can pick a template, and … Continue reading

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Scrimshaw and seersucker

It is time we had some word history. This time there are some classic muddles: Scrimshaw. Seersucker. Derring-do. Donkey’s years. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Using book design elements in your marketing

Any marketing bod will tell you that branding is important. The trm brand coves all sorts of different things, but one of the main visible aspects is a consistent image. It is useful if people can tell it is you … Continue reading

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Embracing audio books

This week, I’ve found a piece about whether you should make an audio book of your work. And if you agree that the answer is yes, here are some links to previous posts to help you create one: Using Amazon … Continue reading

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It pays to pay attention to current customers

This week, we have a reminder that we should focus on the customer. The trap is that it is too easy to forget that we are very similar to everyone else. An idea may be fascinating, special, or original. That … Continue reading

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When is a typo not a typo? In the wor(l)d of Ulysses

This week, I’ve come upon a rather unusual post about typos. Well Ulysses is an unusual book, for all sorts of reasons. O that basis, I suspect it is perfectly reasonable to have some unusual typo stories about it. Is Ulysses is … Continue reading

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Publishing poetry in the digital age

In all the discussion about self publishing, the main focus is usually about novels. The theory seems to be that everyone has a novel in them. Occasionally there is a discussion about non-fiction. So this post is particularly useful due … Continue reading

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