Phraseexpress is even better!

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As I’ve said in a previous post, I’m pretty impressed with Phraseexpress — a text expander for Windows. Now that I’ve read the instructions I’m even more impressed. Here are some of the extra things I’ve found it can do: bring up a box that can open the calculator, if I type ‘calc’ in any application put a clipboard manager on the desktop …

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Making the most of LinkedIn

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At the Australasian Medical Writers conference earlier this year, Sarah, a freelance writer, mentioned that she had been contacted by several new clients via LinkedIn after she updated her profile in line with advice from a webinar. Sarah kindly passed on the link to the webinar, and a couple of weeks ago I got round to watching it. I’m still only about …

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Does using Word add-ins save time?

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When they were first brought out, ‘labour-saving devices’ such as washing machines, dryers, vacuum cleaners and dishwashers were sold as great time-savers. Sadly, the promised additional leisure time has simply been absorbed into yet more work. It seems to be the same with editing. We now have a host of different tools, including various MS Word add-ins, to make editing …

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Learning about e-books

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I’ve just started an online course — Editors and e-Books — with the Editorial Freelancers Association in the US. The blurb about the course says that it will ‘help editors learn the ins and outs of e-publishing, so they can confidently guide self-published authors from manuscript to e-book.’  Which is exactly what I need, given that I’m currently working with …

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An alternative to an infographic CV

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This week I’ve been writing a newsletter article about my attempts to get myself an infographic CV (for those who aren’t familiar with the concept, this article explains it well). An infographic proved to be beyond my budget, but in researching the topic, I found some alternatives, such as and, both of which can create a graphic from …

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LinkedIn to the rescue

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I’m currently editing a travel narrative, which makes a change from my normal fare of technical documents. However, I’m also formatting the document in MS Word, and yesterday I hit a snag. The author starts each chapter with a level 1 heading immediately followed by a level 2 heading. He wants both headings to appear on the contents page, but …

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A science writing MOOC

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I’m pleased to have completed the Writing in the Sciences course from Coursera. It was an interesting experience, and a good introduction to MOOCs. What did I learn? Primarily, that my usual practice of starting with a blank page and expecting to fill it with erudite prose is NOT the best way to write something. Instead, I now go for a …

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Finding new clients

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Since I started my business about 3 years ago, I’ve been fortunate to have a few high-value clients who have given me plenty of work. Of course, it was a bad idea to have all my precious eggs in so few baskets. However, with a constant stream of projects, it was difficult to find the time or the motivation to …

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Coursera — a fantastic resource!

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I discovered Coursera a couple of weeks ago, thanks to a conversation with a friend who is retired, but mentioned that he’d been taking a free course on model thinking from the University of Michigan. I looked up the organisation and noticed that a science writing course was starting shortly. I signed up for it, mainly to see how someone else …

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My new standing desk

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Prompted by a video-link on Twitter about standing desks, I’ve now added a standing option to my repertoire of about anti-RSI strategies (just as well, given that an editing job last week required almost 30 hours of editing over 3 days!). My solution is rather low-key compared to those shown in the video. I simply place the laptop on top of a …

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