On this and the linked sub-pages, academics, authors, businesses and organizations, and publishers will find details of reference books and writing guides, useful blogs with writing tips, information on the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, and other bodies they will find useful in completing their documents ready for editing, proofreading, or publication.
Please download my brochure detailing my proofreading services for your future reference.
Reference works used
See the subpage Reference works to see which books and resources I routinely use in proofreading.
Useful blog links for authors, academics, and businesses
There are many blogs on this website under the tag Tips for writers, some of which are listed below:
- Cutting the waffle
- How to use hyphens and dashes
- Levels of proofreading
- Making proofreading part of your marketing strategy
- Myths about English usage
- Pitfalls in writing
- Preparing for proofreading
- The importance of humour in writing
- Using Microsoft Word’s Find and Replace
- Writing and presenting reports (parts 1, 2, and 3)
- Oxford Dictionaries A regular blog on word usage and origins, and on the same page are links to to an interactive thesaurus and guidance on grammar, punctuation, spelling, and English usage.
- Society of Indexers
Writing resources for businesses
Business English writing resources
Business plans and templates for start-ups
The Prince’s Trust
In June 2017 the Oxford English Dictionary published a list of recent additions that include new words or revised definitions of existing entries in its online dictionary.
The update includes such entries as bug chaser, gin daisy, and widdly.
Professor Larry Trask, late of the University of Sussex, who had a special interest in linguistics and grammar and was author of several books in these subject areas, has published a very useful online guide to punctuation.
I find his book Mind The Gaffe: The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English so helpful and readable.
Writing style guides
The Oxford University Press (OUP) has a very useful style guide that is available online.
Although intended for use by OUP staff in their written communications, it is a useful interactive guide on such subjects as abbreviations, contractions, and acronyms; capitalization; numbers; punctuation; and word usage and spelling.
If you are not a fan of waffle and jargon, but prefer simpler and clearer communications there are several free guides available from the Plain English Campaign.
There are also useful tips on writing business emails, CVs, letters, reports, forms, and content for websites.
The BBC has an online journalism style guide.