Happy National Punctuation Day!

Today is National Punctuation Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the importance of punctuation.

In the era of texting and social media, punctuation (not to mention spelling and sentence structure) has not just been abandoned; it is something to be scoffed at and even downright ridiculed.

But on this special day, I think we should take a moment to remember all the good that punctuation does for our society.

Commas really DO make a difference, people.

And how if you think about it, punctuation can actually be quite beautiful.

Bet you didn’t know the name of this little guy.

So, to all my fellow proofreaders, editors, and grammar nerds, I say: let’s seize the moment!

Go ahead and suggest adding those missing commas and switching the misused exclamation marks to question marks. And, don’t be afraid to point out the incorrect use of apostrophes (or the lack thereof).

Or if you’re really feeling brave, you can even tackle the great em dash vs. en dash vs. hyphen debate!

In other words….let’s party!🎉

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#TBT to the Best Project Ever

In honor of #TBT, I’m making the declaration that working on the 100 Best Places to Stuff Your Faces was pretty much the Best Project Ever.

Teaming up with a super-talented writer and an amazingly creative designer was truly an honor, and working on a book dedicated to my favorite subject (eating) was, well, the proverbial icing on the cake. #badpunalert

Also, I consider being compared to a honey badger the highest form of flattery (check out the credits page).

Interested? A few copies of the second edition are still available.

Spending $70 on proofreading saved one client $15,000

Many companies I’ve worked with don’t make room in their process for proofreading. They think it’s not worth the extra time, and claim they can’t afford the additional expense.

They couldn’t be more wrong.

Here’s a real-world example of how spending a small amount on proofreading ended up saving one company a whole lot. Continue reading “Spending $70 on proofreading saved one client $15,000”