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Cheryl Bryan

About Cheryl Bryan

Cheryl has years of experience in the business world, in a variety of fields: staffing, insurance, construction, and advertising, to name a few. She has freelanced since 1990. Friends and colleagues describe her as genuine, thoughtful, gracious, organized, easy-going, compassionate, a "thinker as well as a doer," and one who not only gets the job done but does it well. Born in rural Nebraska, she is back now after living in California, Texas, South Africa, Illinois, Tennessee, and Mississippi and traveling in Europe, South Africa, and Thailand.

The Most Common Misplaced Modifier

What is a misplaced modifier? Simply put – it’s a word in your sentence that modifies, or describes, the wrong word. As I edit or proofread articles, the modifier I see misplaced most often is only. Two examples here: “The painting … Continue reading

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How to Cut Your Article Down to Size

One of my favorite copyediting assignments is the e-mail that begins, “This is way too long, but….” I get the same kind of satisfaction from paring down articles that others get from cleaning a cluttered closet or deleting half the … Continue reading

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Get Rid of Information Clutter Once and for All

Wasn’t computer technology supposed to get rid of all this paper clutter? In my paper clutter world are magazines, training manuals, binders full of writer’s magazine clips, saved recipes, greeting cards, and financial and medical records, just to name a … Continue reading

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Two Minutes to Fitness and Fresh Ideas

If you work at a computer all day, you know you probably sit too much – all the health experts tell you so. But how do you get your work done without sitting all day? In an interview on NPR’s … Continue reading

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How to Know if You’re a Pro

She was qualified. Her portfolio exhibited the kind of skill and experience the consultant was looking for, but she took three days to answer the e-mail, and when she did, it didn’t seem she had even read it. The initial … Continue reading

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How to Choose an Administrative Consultant

So at last you’ve decided to delegate your administrative work. You’ve decided to engage the services of someone who will work with you to accomplish your goals – someone who will take care of the administrative tasks while you do … Continue reading

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Which is which. That is that!

Which of the following is better? 1. Clothes Peg is a program which donates clothing to children. OR 2. Clothes Peg is a program that donates clothing to children. What about these two sentences? 1. Funds will go to the … Continue reading

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How to Keep Your Clients Coming Back

The aspects of good customer service never change. Building relationships, education, communication, and integrity are still key elements in keeping your clients coming back.
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