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The Professional Word Services Library

The Library will be our opportunity to share practical, work-related information and a few fun things with site visitors. We've got lots of ideas and plans, all subject to finding time aside from client work to do them!

The latest addition: do you need an editor or a proofreader?

There is often confusion among potential clients about when you need an editor and when you need a proofreader. What’s the difference between the two? What do they do? Does one cost more than the other?

This guide answers those questions, plus includes a checklist so you can work out the level of assistance you should be seeking.

Do you need an editor or a proofreader? (PDF, 2.6MB)

Simple rules for using possessive apostrophes (PDF, 1.68MB)

Three rules for selecting the correct 'its' (PDF, 302KB)

Coming articles:

  • Establishing in-house style for documents and publications.

A favourite cartoon

This great cartoon has been decorating our office for a few years, copied from another copy at another office. We finally did a Google search to find the cartoonist, Eve Corbel, and she has generously allowed us to reproduce it in our library.

Reproduced with permission of Eve Corbel, Geist magazine,

Lesser Known Editing and Proofreading Marks


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