The Handy-Dandy Everybody’s Guide to Proofreading

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The Handy-Dandy Everybody's Guide to ProofreadingWhat readers are saying about The Handy-Dandy Everybody’s Guide to Proofreading

Leah’s expertise in editing and proofreading is top-notch. She worked her magic, polishing and refining my ebook, and now she’s come up with this terrific do-it-yourself guide to helping anyone proofread like a pro. This is really great stuff that every writer needs to know. Thanks, Leah, for sharing your gift of working with words. —Katie Tallo of Momentum Gathering
This is not an ebook but a reference manual that demonstrates Leah’s skill and talent as a professional writer and editor. Don’t be fooled by its size. This little ebook is packed with useful guidelines and resources for any aspiring writer. Read it and then do yourself a favor and print a copy. It will come in handy.Manal Ghosain of One with now
Get a copy of Leah’s handy little ebook and learn her proofreading system, why proofreading is so challenging and what to do about it, places to use semi-colons, hyphens, and commas, and why you should not rely on spell check. Leah’s book may not turn you into a proofreading genius like she is—that takes practice—but you’ll definitely learn something useful to make you a better writer. —Alison Kerr of Loving Nature’s Garden

I had been searching the Internet for a proofreading guide and wasn’t able to find one that completely suited my needs. A lot of the free guides I stumbled across were either too basic or overwhelming. This is fantastic! Just what I needed to take my writing to the next level. Very well laid out and easy to follow. —Lisa RunningBear of Getting to Zen

The Handy-Dandy Everybody’s Guide to Proofreading
started over ten years ago as a two-page class handout for freshman composition classes I taught at local community colleges. It was the “rules” section that you’ll see in this ebook: a simple visual aid for remembering basic sentence structure and the rules for punctuation and grammar that go along with it.

It’s been updated, and the handout has grown to a thirteen-page ebook loaded with tips and tricks that professional proofreaders and editors use every day. I also explain my own proofreading system and exactly what goes on in my mind as I proofread my work or a client’s. It’s not just reading and hoping you catch a mistake—it’s a system.

Here are just a few of the questions the ebook answers:

  • Where should I put a comma?
  • When shouldn’t I use a comma?
  • When should I use a semi-colon or a colon?
  • How do I know whether to use who or whom?
  • Where can I go for more help?
  • And much more!

To get your free copy of The Handy-Dandy Everybody’s Guide to Proofreading, please click here:  Get the ebook here (over on the right).

Note 7/9/13: the ebook has been revised and is now The Simple Writing Writer’s guide. All the great stuff plus additional tips!

That’s all there is to it.





I’ve subscribed. Now how do I get a copy of The Handy-Dandy Everybody’s Guide to Proofreading?


Hi Nancy,

When you subscribe you should see a page that tells you to check your email to confirm your subscription. You have to click on that link. Then you’ll see a page that says “Great! Your subscription is confirmed and active. Now you can download your free ebook by clicking on the image right here.”

Then you click on the image of the book, and that will download it into whatever your default PDF reader is, like Adobe Acrobat Reader. From there, you can save it to your computer.

Does that help? Let me know, please.


jun brioso

Hi, Leah. I’d like to have a copy of The Handy-Dandy Everybody’s Guide to Proofreading. Thank you.

Leah McClellan

Hi Jun,

All you need to do is enter your name and email address in the form above and click “Click here.” You’ll receive a link which will bring you to the download page. You’ll also get updates to Peaceful Planet. Your email address is confidential–you’ll never get spammed or anything like that.

Let me know if you have any trouble downloading it. It should come up automatically in your default PDF reader, which for most people is Adobe. Then you save it in your computer.



Hi Leah – there was no book icon in my confirmation email to download the book.


Leah McClellan

Hi Michelle,

You should have a link in email to click that will take you to a page on Peaceful Planet where you’ll see the icon. It’s possible that something went wrong, though. It was pretty busy today. Please try again and let me know if it worked out. If not, I’ll send you the ebook on email (I can see that you went through all the steps, and the email you entered is where I’ll send the ebook if needed.

Thanks so much for letting me know! I’ll do a test later on.



I need something to guide my writing habits. Thanks

Leah McClellan

Hi Sherri,

Have you been able to download the guide? If you need any help, please let me know.


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