Monthly Archives: May 2015
An excellent grammar site
Good editing demands a good knowledge of grammar. Toward that end, englishgrammar101.com (external link) should help most people immensely. Both free and pay services exist, with the free tutorials being well thought out and extremely useful. Module 1 starts with verb … Continue reading
What do I charge? And what should you?
I charge $30 an hour for rush work, $25 an hour for everyday jobs, and $20 an hour for ongoing work. My speciality is non-fiction research and writing for the web, although I also do light editing and polishing. My rates … Continue reading
Too many years with a one button mouse
Too many years with a one button mouse has kept me from knowing all the terrific features that are delivered by a two button mouse. Picking synonyms in Microsoft Word by simply choosing a word and right clicking is a new, great joy. … Continue reading
Joining a professional organization
I’ve joined a professional organization, the non-profit Editorial Freelancers Association (external link). It seems to be the best of the few groups that cater to freelance writers. It’s run almost completely by volunteers and members, most of whom are full time … Continue reading
I’m studying Canadian English, to better write for Canadian clients. It’s quite mystifying. Microsoft Word has a Canadian English setting, but it is very liberal and it permits major errors, such as writing defense instead of defence. It’s really quite … Continue reading
Two directions for the internet. And freelancers.
Where are we going with the internet? Google says that it will rank sites higher which have mobile compatibility. Yet all things video continue to lead the internet. Low bandwidth versus higher bandwidth. For freelancers we will have to get … Continue reading
New tools for new writing
As an older writer I’m used to old things. A copy of the The Chicago Manual of Style, Strunk’s Element’s of Style, and a good thesaurus. Things change. Now, writing for the web, I have to add new tools for new … Continue reading