Editorial and proofreading resources


If you are preparing a report I give some useful advice in compiling and designing reports in my blog Tips for writers: Writing reports. The following are links to them.

Part 1 (visual appearance)

Part 2 (achieving consistency of style)

Part 3 (how to present data)

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If you need advice on how to compile a CV try the following link: How to Compile a CV – Harvey Beric Associates


Try the University of Oxford Style Guide for information on punctuation, grammar, and general style, a must-see for writers. There is also useful information in the BBC News Style Guide.


Authors often find it useful to complete a style and spelling sheet for decisions made as they write in order to maintain consistency. It can also be sent to their copyeditor or proofreader when sending them their work in order to save time. Please see a sample copy for academic titles below for viewing or downloading. It can be adapted and expanded to suit your specific needs. Please also see my blog on house style with a link below.

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Abbreviations, contractions, and acronyms

Analogies, metaphors, and similes

Apostrophes – the decline of

Collective and mass nouns


Double negatives

English usage and writing myths

Getting the best from your proofreader

House style

Humour in writing

Hyphens and dashes



Plurals of nouns – some exceptional cases

Revising text – watchpoints

Sexist and biased language (1) and (2)

Spelling – ise or ize?

Student proofreading – essays

Tips on how not to write a novel – Fay Weldon on some of the major pitfalls

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Alliance of Independent Authors

Their website says:

“The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) is the premier membership association for self-publishing authors. A non-profit, ALLi provides trusted advice and education, supportive guidance, and a wide range of benefits and resources, within a friendly and accessible community of successful indie authors and advisors.”

The Society of Indexers

“The Society of Indexers promotes indexing, the quality of indexes and the profession of indexing.  Founded in 1957, it is the only autonomous professional body for indexers in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and membership is open to any person who is or intends to be directly involved in indexing.”

There is a Directory on their website to enable you to locate suitable indexers for your writing should it require one.


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Some of the resources are free to use and download from the design program:


It can be used for designing logos, presentations, letters, social media, and for many other applications.


A free-to-use collection of photos for your documents, websites, and computer wallpapers is available at: