Resources

Style sheet

I recommend authors create a style sheet. All writers will benefit from creating a style sheet to help them keep track of the styles they have chosen – from which words are hyphenated to whether to use serial commas. This sample is an illustration to help give you an idea of the types of things you should keep a record of.

All my clients receive a copy of the style sheet I create as part of the proofreading process. It shows the changes I have made and why, as well as providing them with a record of their own style preferences for future reference. I use the format in the sample for the style sheets I produce for my clients. If you would like to use the same format, you are welcome to use and modify a blank copy. Please link back to my original if you share it.

List of irregular verbs

Regular verbs form their past tense and past participle by adding -ed (or -d) to the base form. Irregular verbs form them differently – and there is no one rule for all irregular verbs. If you find irregular verbs hard to use or remember, this list should help. It is a comprehensive list with accompanying notes on usage.

Student proofreading guide

I enjoy working with students and would be delighted to help you with your essay, dissertation or thesis. If you aren’t sure if you need proofreading support, or if you find out that your university doesn’t allow you to use the services of a professional proofreader, I have a guide that may help. It is a 4-page PDF containing steps to help you prepare for proofreading your own work. I have included a list of common errors to look out for. Authors may also find some of the advice it contains useful.

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