The Editor's cCorner: Posts by DLA Editors & Proofers

Trimming Your Writing: How Reducing Word Count Improves Effectiveness

  The most effective writers convey their ideas in as few words as possible. Whether you’re aiming to promote a new product with a press release, persuade your audience with a white paper or write the next great American screenplay, … Continue reading

Posted in APA Editing, Book Editing, Copy Editing, Dissertation and Thesis Editing, Essay Editing, Novel Editing, Paper Editing, Personal Statements, Professional Editing, Professional Proofreading, Screenplays

Tips for an Outstanding Screenplay—Tension & Dialog

  If you want not just to hook your audience but also keep them riveted throughout your screenplay, look no further than your tension and dialog. In my past 10 years as editor in chief of DLA Editors & Proofers … Continue reading

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Tips for Writing an Outstanding Personal Statement for Law School

  While every personal statement for law school can be as different as the candidates writing them, there are also mistakes candidates commonly make when writing a law school personal statement. And when they make them, it is nearly impossible … Continue reading

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Choosing What NOT to Write in a Personal Statement

  With as much time as candidates spend thinking about what to write in their personal statements, what often gets overlooked is what NOT to write in a personal statement. With the over 10 years’ experience I have in consulting … Continue reading

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Tips for an Outstanding Query Letter

  When it comes to writing an outstanding query letter, details matter. As editor in chief of DLA Editors & Proofers for the past 10 years , I have seen firsthand how authors with great manuscripts and marketing potential fall … Continue reading

Posted in Book Editing, Copy Editing, Novel Editing, Screenplays

Tips for Preparing a Successful ERAS Application

  With over 10 years’ experience in guiding candidates in applying for medical residency, and having critiqued and edited 1,000+ ERAS applications during that time, I have seen firsthand just how far the way in which you fill out your … Continue reading

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How to Write a Strong Conclusion to Your Personal Statement

  You can hook your reader with the introduction to your personal statement and wow them with magical words in your personal statement, but if you don’t write a strong conclusion to your personal statement, you’ll leave program directors and … Continue reading

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Cutting the Fluff: Tips for Writing a Law School Personal Statement

  You can say a lot and still say nothing, and if your personal statement for law school can’t say it, chances are law school admissions committees will think you can’t either. How efficiently you can get to the point … Continue reading

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Getting Used To APA? You’re Not Alone

  Transitioning to college means a new schedule, new responsibilities, and, for many, a new way of writing. Students in the science disciplines will find that their instructors require their papers to adhere to the APA style. The APA Style … Continue reading

Posted in APA Editing, Dissertation and Thesis Editing, Paper Editing

Using the Slash: AP Versus Chicago

  Looking to slash your regular writing habits? If you’re a Chicago-style writer, you’re in luck! AP writers, on the other hand, might want to look at other options. Check out what the AP vs. Chicago blog advises on using … Continue reading

Posted in Book Editing, Copy Editing, Dissertation and Thesis Editing, Paper Editing

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