A Writer’s Toolkit

On this blog, I collate information and resources for anyone who has to communicate in writing.
If you have a question, please ask in the comment field below each post or article on A Writer’s Toolkit.

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PerfectIt, software to edit your document

Time-saving consistency tools for writers and editors

Be consistent! Consistency is an often overlooked part of editing. Yet, by being consistent, your documents will be much easier to read and understand. Consistent documents also look and feel much more professional. My two ...
How to read an EPUB ebook on Kindle or Kindle app

How to read an EPUB ebook on Kindle or Kindle app

To read an EPUB ebook on Kindle or in your Kindle app, there are just two steps involved. 1. Convert the EPUB file into a Kindle file format. 2. Email the new file to your ...
Older Yet Faster

Older Yet Faster — a new ebook

Congratulations to Keith Bateman and Heidi Jones on the release of the Older Yet Faster print book and ebook! Rubida Communications edited and indexed the book, and formatted the print and ebook versions. The ebook ...
Handy hints for Microsoft Word

A simple method for formatting Microsoft Word documents

While formatting Microsoft Word documents, do you format each paragraph or heading? Do you sometimes forget which formatting you used for each level of subheading? Do you have to work out why the contents table ...
Understanding Major Donors ebook

Understanding Major Donors ebook release

Congratulations to Charlotte Grimshaw, Molly Masiello and Conor McCarthy on the release of Understanding Major Donors ebook! Rubida Communications produced the epub ebook version of the book. Understanding Major Donors is a detailed work on ...
Australian manual of scientific style (AMOSS)

The Australian manual of scientific style (AMOSS)

Whether you are a scientist writing journal articles or an editor working on scientific documents, I can strongly recommend the Australian manual of scientific style (AMOSS). This great resource can answer many of your questions ...
Introduction to PerfectIt online course

Introduction to PerfectIt online course

I recently wrote about my favourite editing tool, PerfectIt, a software add-on to Ms Word. Just this month, my friend and colleague Hilary Cadman from CadmanTraining has launched her Introduction to PerfectIt online course. If ...
PerfectIt, software to edit your document

PerfectIt for writers and editors

Of the many proofreading aids for writers and editors, PerfectIt is my favourite. It is a Microsoft Word add-on program that will find many of the inconsistencies you have inadvertently left in your document. Here ...
Book cover image for the Macquarie Dictionary

‘Macquarie Dictionary’

I use and recommend the Macquarie Dictionary for spelling. The Australian Government and universities consider this work the authoritative source on Australian English. By using this work as your spelling standard, you adopt a consistent ...
Book cover for Effective Writing by Elizabeth Murphy and Hilary Cadman

‘Effective writing — Plain English at work’ by Elizabeth Manning Murphy and Hilary Cadman

This is an excellent book for writers who want to improve or refresh their skills of effective writing. When I was doing my online editing course many years ago, I used the first edition of ...
What are ebooks? Image of a page of a PDF file when opened on an smart phone

All about ebooks

What are ebooks? Ebooks have been around for a while now and still the definition can be a bit blurry. So, what are ebooks? According to Wikipedia, an ebook is ‘an electronic book’ or ‘digital ...
Writing tips

Writing tips for technical documents

Are you writing a technical or scientific document? Use these ten writing tips to create well-structured and easy to understand documents. To write a document that readers will find interesting, clear and useful, you need ...
Edit your own writing, the editing room

Great tips to edit your own writing

It is not easy to edit your own writing. You become so closely involved with providing content that taking a reader's perspective becomes very hard. However, there are many copyediting tasks that a writer can ...
Format a new document in Microsoft Word - how to save a document

How to format a new document in Microsoft Word

Document layout does not have to be complex to look professional. Microsoft Word is a powerful tool that can help you write and publish your own work. However, it is complex to use. When you ...
Book cover of Indexing books by Nancy Mulvany

‘Book indexing’ by Nancy C. Mulvany

This book is an excellent reference work for anyone who indexes books. While Book indexing is mostly intended for indexers, I still recommend it for writers and editors. Content overview Book indexing gives a good ...
Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers

‘Style manual for authors, editors and printers’ by DCITA, 6th edition

Most departments of the Australian Government use the Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers as their style guide. Many other organisations also use it. It covers the planning process, writing and editing, design, illustration ...

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