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The Exemplar Article: A Professional Author’s Guide to Great Writing

May 24, 2016

Informative, engaging, persuasive—these are just a few adjectives describing what every article should aspire to be. Anyone can write, but not everyone can write great articles. To be considered “great,” the content must not be made up of nonsensical ramblings that mislead readers. Rather, it should be of extreme value from which readers can eventually draw something worthwhile, inciting them to take action. Several components and structural elements are required to compose a well-written and smooth-flowing article. An article needs to be arranged into different parts to form a sequential flow that helps readers understand the topic more easily. The four main parts that normall......

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The Road So Far—What Has Been Happening in Westeros, and What Could Be Coming: A Game of Thrones Season 6 Review

May 21, 2016

After the Game of Thrones’ fifth season ended with a cliffhanger, when Lord Commander Jon Snow met his demise in the hands of the traitorous brothers of the Night’s Watch, viewers near and far eagerly awaited if the bastard on the Wall was gone for good or if he was going to rise again. Dozens of theories were mulled over and revised and again thought about, and speculations, both sensible and outlandish, circulated on just about every fan site and discussion board across the Internet. Jon Snow’s fate was a carefully guarded secret, and months of the audience’s outcry and demands for answers were met with only deafening silence. It was no wonder then that when the sixth season of......

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Style Alert: Internet And Web to be Set in Lowercase

May 15, 2016

In its tradition of announcing major alterations to the AP Stylebook in the annual meetings of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES), the Associated Press (AP) made yet another radical change: starting on June 1, writers who adhere to AP Style should no longer capitalize internet and web. The attendees of the meeting, which was held this year in Portland, Oregon, were generally unhappy with the announcement. In 2015, Adam Nathaniel Peck, an associate editor at the New Republic, wrote an article that discussed why people should stop capitalizing the word Internet. Peck reasons, “The word’s origins date back to the 1970s, when an ‘inter-network’ was just a collection of smaller ne......

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Of Words and Endless Possibilities

May 10, 2016

I have always been in love with words. There is something so liberating in putting thoughts into paper, of seeing whole worlds spring forth from the point of a pen or across the screen of a computer. You might seem trapped within the four corners of a page, and yet you are free, for the words have a way of spilling into your reality, of engulfing you in another universe, of showing you what is possible and making you believe in the impossible. Words have a way of making you feel, and words have a way of making you wish you couldn’t feel anything at all. Words can mend what has been broken, and words can break what has been thought as indestructible. Words remind you of th......

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Conjunctions: The Glue of the English Language

May 05, 2016

Conjunctions, as defined by Merriam-Webster (2016), are words that “join together sentences, clauses, phrases, or words.” It seems pretty simple enough, but to make it even more so, let’s use metaphors—metaphors are important, after all. So when you want to stick something together—pieces of paper or tiny wood chunks—you usually use glue. And when you want to link clauses, phrases, or words, you use conjunctions. Basically, conjunctions are the glue of the English language, albeit less sticky and messy. Well, no—we all know that’s not entirely true. Conjunctions can be messy—if used carelessly and improperly. Like prepositions, conjunctions are pretty little things, but they also......

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Proofreading: From Corrections Made Across the Page to Corrections Made on the Screen

Apr 21, 2016

Proofreading is one of the necessary steps taken before publishing a book, an article, or a document. It is an important part of the publishing process as it is when the material is reviewed for errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Proofreading methods commonly used today are significantly different from those in the past. With GutenbergŐs movable type, fifteenth-century authors were more easily able to create proofs and typeset hard copies of their manuscripts, which often had errors that had been put into the text most likely during the typing process itself. This was where a traditional proofreader came in. A proofreader was to read the text on a hard copy part by p......

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Prepositions: Where Are You In The Space And Time Continuum?

Apr 14, 2016

Prepositions are little words that show relationships among other words in a sentence or a phrase. We have established that sometimes these little words can and will cause trouble in writing, whether one is an amateur or a professional writer. We have also discussed the three most confusing prepositions in existence: at, on, and in. Now it’s time to move on to others of their kind. Aside from the confusion that arises from at, on, and in, another thing that confounds people is the use of on and of. For example, one can say, “The commander will give the ambassador a briefing on the attack at the mountain.” Another can say, “The earlier briefing of the councilors went swimmingly.”......

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Deeper into the Publishing World: BookExpo America

Apr 11, 2016

Editing services provider 1-Hour Proofreading looks forward to broadening its horizons and widening its reach even more with the thrilling prospect of attending the BookExpo America (BEA) next year. BookExpo America is the premier book and author event for the publishing industry in North America. It is a dynamic and exciting platform for discovering new books and up-and-coming authors, for expanding networks in the business, and for keeping up with industry trends and developments and where one can get the latest news on publishing straight from the sources. It is attended by everyone involved in or wishing to be involved in the publishing world, including, but not limited to, b......

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