What are some common mistakes you find in clients work that could be avoided?
Bad sentence structure is common. (Authors use comma splicing or run-on sentences.) Incorrect punctuation in speech tagging is rife. So is incorrect tagging. Misspelling and homonym mixes come up over and over. Bad grammar is common. Almost all these things would have been taught correctly at school, but writers get into bad habits and then they get reinforced. Bad formatting is rife. MS Word’s default format is incorrect for fiction, for example, and a lot of people use the wrong proofing dictionary. This results in weird hybrid manuscripts that use randomised/randomized US/Aus spelling. Words such as meter/metre, color/colour, aluminium/aluminum appear in both forms and Mr/Mr. and Mister often co-exist.