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Why an English teacher is not a proofreader

If there’s anything more frustrating than reading something that’s full of errors, it’s being told that it was proofread by ‘a friend who’s good at English’, or ‘Joe down the road who’s an English teacher’. Recently, this frustration has been escalated by seeing, on social media, the cover of a self-published book with numerous errors… Continue Reading

US English? UK? Or Flatpack English?

You know how it is. You’ve bought a cheap bookcase that ‘just’ needs a screwdriver and ten minutes of your time to put it together. You open the box, lay out some odd-shaped pieces and find the instructions. Instructions? More like destructions. You’ve found a thin sheet of paper containing directions on how to build… Continue Reading

Proofreading – pain or gain?

Some people are funny when it comes to proofreading. I’ve had some say they don’t need it because they are (a) an English teacher (b) already publishing on Amazon or (c) capable of writing in perfect English, so what’s the point? The points (plural) are these. NOBODY can proofread their own work. NOBODY is as… Continue Reading