What’s the last book that made you cry? James Rebanks’s English Pastoral.

πŸ“š I read a book in a day yesterday. It’s been a while since I did that. And why was I so hooked? πŸ„ Because it’s James. And because it’s Little Strickland. 😊 I genuinely feel privileged. I bet few people have the opportunity to read a beautiful, raw and moving book about the exactContinue reading “What’s the last book that made you cry? James Rebanks’s English Pastoral.”

Is it loose or lose? And other top proofreading spots.

πŸ”Ž Today’s top #proofreading spots from an adventure Bildungsroman. Including loose vs lose, amongst others… ❌ All hell broke lose ➑ loose βœ” ❌ a eighth ➑ an eighth βœ” ❌ hypthesis ➑ hypothesis βœ” πŸ”Ž A lot of people make the lose/loose error, but it’s usually the other way round. I think it’s becauseContinue reading “Is it loose or lose? And other top proofreading spots.”

Is it deduce or deduct? And what is a deduction?

❓ Deduce or deduct? πŸ”Ž Let Sherlock Holmes be your guide. πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ When Sherlock Holmes works something out, he deduces. He reaches a conclusion based on the facts that he has uncovered. πŸ’° Whereas, deduct means to subtract or take away. HMRC deducts tax from your pay. πŸ–Š For the verb form of these words,Continue reading “Is it deduce or deduct? And what is a deduction?”

Best proofreading or editing spots? When the name of something has changed. Consistency is the key.

πŸ”Ž Want to know my all-time favourite type of proofreading spot? When I catch that the name of something has changed. 🍦 Like the same ice cream parlour with two different names in two different chapters. 🏘 Or the same street with two different names in two different chapters. πŸ“„ I catch these inconsistencies byContinue reading “Best proofreading or editing spots? When the name of something has changed. Consistency is the key.”

Reflections on CIEP 2020. Day 2 at the conference.

Another busy but successful day. 😁 I managed to fit in two sessions of #CIEP2020. Total fangirl moment with Denise *the Scottish one* Cowle’s interview with legend of dictionary corner, Susie Dent. I learnt about the etymology of ‘quarantine’, why some words from this year are likely to have short shelf-lives (like quarantini 🍸) andContinue reading “Reflections on CIEP 2020. Day 2 at the conference.”

Reflections on Day 1 of CIEP 2020.

Day 1 of #CIEP2020. What a mood boost 😁 Loved meeting other fiction editors in the networking session this morning. Top folk! This afternoon’s session on style sheets was illuminating. I use them for all my edits yet it was really valuable to see how other people approach them. It’s made me think about aContinue reading “Reflections on Day 1 of CIEP 2020.”

Who’s excited for CIEP 2020?

πŸŽ‰The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) conference begins tomorrow. πŸ–₯️ Online, of course. πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“ I’m excited to reflect on how far I’ve come since I attended my first conference with them in 2018. πŸ†• Back then, calling myself a newbie editor made sense. I set up my business in the January and startedContinue reading “Who’s excited for CIEP 2020?”

Libraries in Lockdown report: ebook usage increased by 146%.

Wow. Fascinating reading from the Libraries in Lockdown report conducted by Libraries Connected. Ebook usage increased by 146%. That’s amazing. I know that we contributed to the numbers. During lockdown, we downloaded Borrowbox onto our devices and were thrilled by the selection of ebooks and e-audiobooks available. And, remember, the authors of the books youContinue reading “Libraries in Lockdown report: ebook usage increased by 146%.”

October 20th 2020. Top proofreading spots.

πŸ”Ž Top #proofreading spots from a manuscript I’ve been working on today. ❌ She thrusted the blade πŸ”ͺ ➑ thrust βœ” ❌ We were on route πŸš— ➑ en route βœ” ❌ The community were celebrating πŸŽ‰ ➑ was celebrating βœ” So, we have an irregular past tense verb, a French borrowing and an agreementContinue reading “October 20th 2020. Top proofreading spots.”

October 7th 2020. Top proofreading spots.

πŸ”Ž Top #proofreading spots today. ❌ I had ran πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ ➑ I had run βœ” ❌ glistening from copious amount of oil πŸ’§ ➑ a copious amount / copious amounts βœ” So, we have a past participle issue and an agreement issue. Glad to be of assitance cleaning up the manuscript before it’s published.