Category Archives: Write Aids

E-Book Review – A Letter to President Trump on Crime Control

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Whether you’re a political activist, presidential critic, or get your dose of news from the E! network, like me, I would recommend reading this brief, but poignant, recently published E-book, A Letter to President Trump on Crime Control by Mark Davis. You may not have a social science background, or spend much time thinking about America’s justice system, but chances are, there is a topic in this literature that personally affects your life, or that of those close to you.

While it isn’t a direct criticism of the current presidency, it does offer our elected leader a unique perspective on how his current approach to crime control could improve, and how, as a nation, there are justifiable and conceivable approaches to justice that don’t require mass deportation, or the Queen of Hearts ordering, “Off with their heads!”

As a parent of a young child, what most interested me was that Davis’ perspective seems to take an approach that could have a lasting solution, and create an improved nation, not just for this presidential term, but for the foreseeable future.

While serious in nature, it’s also humorous and witty, and for the cost of less than a half a gallon of gas (only $0.99 on Amazon), why not give it read?

Tackling the press release

 Writing can be intimidating.

Building a press release to capture your reader in sentence one, ensuring your information is newsworthy, and doing all of that with no spelling or grammatical errors can be overwhelming.

But it doesn’t have to be. Simply answer the big questions in order of importance. Figure out the ‘five Ws’- who, what, where, when and why – write them down and number them 1 – 5 in order of significance.

Still sound too hard? The writers and editors at Red Pen Prose can help. We can build your press release, edit what you already created, or just check it for errors before you send it.

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This article published in PR Daily gives some more guidance on mistakes to avoid when writing a press release.

5 common PR rookie press release blunders

Mistakes matter

I consider myself a ‘grammar geek.’ I love searching and finding errors in publications, signage, articles – any words I read I consider a test to see if I can find something wrong.

Not long ago, I found a typo on a floor decal placed at the mall, leading the way to the Easter Bunny. That error may have been noticed by very few patrons, especially because the target audience was under seven, but it turns out, spelling and grammar mistakes in a company’s Web site can actually leave a very bad impression.

In a recent study discussed in the article 6 Tools That Save You From Embarrassing Writing Mistakes published in Inc., up to 59% of readers are turned off when they see errors in spelling and grammar.

The article goes on to give some great tips on catching those errors before they’re posted. But, if you’re looking for some grammar geeks who pride themselves in correcting the written word, look no further than Red Pen Prose.

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Resume tips from the pros

This article published by the Harvard Business Review online gives some great advice on how to craft your resume ‘story.’

It’s great advice and makes perfect sense. If you build your resume like a news story or compelling novel with a strong hook, a strong plot line, and you as the hero, who wouldn’t want to hire you?

Sound a little overwhelming or maybe like a little too much effort as opposed to just listing your job history and skill set?

Red Pen Prose can help! Our staff writers can craft your resume to be the ‘page turner’ you need to land your dream job.

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Style choices versus grammar mistakes

There can be a lot of confusion in writing whether certain choices in punctuation, capitalization, even word order could be stylistic or grammatical correctness.

In today’s common casual writing forums including text messaging and social media, it’s easy, and acceptable to take shortcuts.

But, in pieces used in a professional settings, such as a resume or project plan, casual, unedited styles just aren’t appropriate.

You can read more on this topic in the following article by Daniel McMahan.

To ensure your documents are error-free, contact Red Pen Prose for a quote.

The world’s top grammarian fears that this punctuation error is becoming standard English
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Making a living doing what you love

Most people fantasize about the job where they never feel like they go to ‘work.’ They love what they do and they do what they love. For some, passion pays the bills.

In an article I read recently in the ATA Chronicle (American Translators Association), author Tony Beckwith wrote of his Freelancer Envy. As a young man, he dreamed of a career where he could be his own boss, set his own hours, dictate his own pay.

He eventually made his dream a reality and became a freelance translator, utilizing his multi-lingual skills to develop a career where he could work for himself. Those of us here at Red Pen Prose can certainly relate. We are freelance proofreaders, editors, and writers, making a living doing what we love.diary_58499153_e0c220ec61_400px

And we don’t take it for granted. We understand that the art of the English language, the complexity of grammar, the intricacies of the written word, do not come easy to everyone. But to us, words are our passion. Let our passion work for you.

If you aren’t a wordsmith, Red Pen Prose can help.

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Constructive criticism and creativity collide.

At Red Pen Prose, we take command of the English language for you.

If you want assurance that your written materials are error-free and grammatically correct, we are here to help.

* Resumes/Cover Letters

* College Application Essays

* Short Stories/Novels

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