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Do You Rely On Spell Check Or Just Use It As A Tool?

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Tallent Agency VA Services

Do you find yourself relying on Word’s spell check or the one in your email client? I don’t and here is the reason why …

As was pointed out by my favorite “go to” authority on spelling and grammar questions, Daily Writing Tips:

Writers need to keep two things in mind about spell checkers:

1. They cannot catch any misspellings if a writer doesn’t let the application run.

2. They cannot be entirely trusted to catch every spelling error.

I agree. I use the spell checking options AFTER I perform my own writings, documents, etc. and when proofreading for others. This checks ME to make sure I notice where there might have been a problem or a question because those references DO stand out or get highlighted.

As stated above, the spell checkers often make a “mistake” as far as the instance or appropriate usage is concerned. Things need to be seen in perspective of what is meant and what is stated. Often the spellchecker might go crazy popping up and suggesting a spelling you KNOW you do not want because it can not tell how you are using it.

Often I have seen my correct spelling suggested as wrong with a recommendation
that I mean, for example:

their instead of there or they’re – I do know the difference and which one to use but occasionally the spell check OFFERS one of the other options and if I went by those suggestions I would NOT be the perfection-driven proofreader that I am.

Do NOT rely on the spellcheckers – if in doubt – and I openly admit that on some words
I often am- I just “google” what I THINK it should be OR even what I think IS misspelled
and use that reference to make my decision.

After all, until I “train” it, every spell checking application insists that I am spelling MY name wrongly, lol.

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions and social media maintenance!

Tallent Agency
St. Louis County, MO
Phone: (636) 451-6213
Email: jantallent@gmail.com

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Your Virtual Assistant Can Maintain Your Blog & Much More!

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Tallent Agency VA Services

One of my favorites duties as a Virtual Assistant is setting up article and blog submission sites for my clients, proofreading the posts as they send them to me and then submitting them to the various sites we work with.

I can even do research to find blog and article sites that fit in the niche
or niches that the client works in or where their expertise will be sought after by readers. On average, I can set up six sites for future submissions in about an hour and can even attend to the verification emails most sites send out with access to the client’s email account we use for that purpose.

Being able to perform proofreading and editing in a thorough, yet fast-paced manner,
I usually average 10 pages or posts/articles in an hour and then can submit to the sites
I have set up at the rate of about 10 sites per hour, if there are no complications or complicated html or formatting problems.

I can even schedule your WordPress blog posts to go out when you want them to be
seen AND hook them up to all of your social media accounts to get you the most varied promotional reach.

If this sounds like something you want to do but find you either do not have the time
to do it yourself or the desire to, think about the time and work you can save to use
on things you like to do, like marketing your business, and leave this task to a Virtual Assistant.

multi-tasking

Let your VA handle pesky tasks!

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions and social media maintenance!

Why not Schedule a Project now?

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The Dilemma Of Quotation Marks and Punctuation

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Tallent Agency VA Services

A client and I were just discussing this very subject yesterday.
I admit I am from the “old school” and although I was a straight A student in spelling, grammar and English, times and things HAVE changed a lot since the 70’s and even the 90s when I went back to school to learn how to use a computer and update my rusty office skills.

This one, frankly, irks me to no end. I was taught, and still firmly believe, that if it is a quote MADE by someone, the quote marks go outside the punctuation, as in,
for example:

The man said, “I would like to go to the ball game.”

In the case of naming something, making a list, etc. I want to put the quotes INSIDE the punctuation. For example:

I want to go to the “next ball game”.

I have this dilemma often in the course of my work when #proofreading and #editing, so,
of course, go by the client’s choice IF he or she voices an opinion or guideline, but by my own instincts if left alone to “do my job”.

My favorite go to source for tips along this line, Daily Writing Tips agrees with me.

They said:

Question marks and exclamation marks drive out periods and commas.

Compare:

He said, “I hate you.” (period at the end of the sentence I hate you.)
Can you believe he said, “I hate you”? (period eclipsed by question mark)

“George Clooney is gorgeous,” she said. (comma after statement and before attribution)
“Do you think George Clooney is gorgeous?” she asked. (question mark eclipses comma)

I would love to hear your thoughts on whether you feel quotes should always go outside punctuation or agree that it depends.

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Over the past 15 years, Jan Tallent has spent countless hours providing writers and webmasters with free friendly tips on how to correct spelling and grammar errors in their written material.

From the feedback received she decided that since proofreading and editing help was so desperately needed, she should build a business around something she enjoys doing, while at the same time providing a valuable service to business owners and writers.

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