Timeline woes! How careful line edits can avert an author’s panic.

Panic Averted. Or, The tale of the different emotions of an editor and author. (See Messenger screenshots for context – shared with the author’s permission.) 1. Me: 🤔 I’m past half way in the edit and some timeline issues have cropped up. Should I flag them for the author to deal with in his editContinue reading “Timeline woes! How careful line edits can avert an author’s panic.”

How’s your geography? Making sure there’s consistency in distance, direction and location is an important part of editing.

🗺️ While editing a fantasy novella, I’ve been scribbling down a bit of a map. 🛣️ I’ve been doing this because I want to make sure this left turn and that right turn – and this hill and that single-track road – are consistent across the manuscript. If it’s out of the market then northContinue reading “How’s your geography? Making sure there’s consistency in distance, direction and location is an important part of editing.”

There’s a typo in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee book for primary school children. Big Five publishers won’t promise perfection, even to the Queen. Be wary of anyone who promises it.

👑 What’s stopping me taking a photo of a typo in Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebration book – given to 4.5 million primary school children as a keepsake for this historic occasion? Is it the following sentence from the back matter? ©️ ‘No part of this publication may be reproduced…without the prior written permissionContinue reading “There’s a typo in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee book for primary school children. Big Five publishers won’t promise perfection, even to the Queen. Be wary of anyone who promises it.”

If you’ve come to this page due to a word-of-mouth recommendation: welcome.

That feeling you get when one of your clients tells other authors about your editing services. I’m thrilled to be at the stage in my business where most of my new work comes from word-of-mouth referrals. YEAH! If you’re an author who has heard of me via a previous client of mine: welcome. Please doContinue reading “If you’ve come to this page due to a word-of-mouth recommendation: welcome.”

Getting real for a minute. Why attending an indie author conference was such a big moment for me. #20BooksMadrid.

Hi, it’s Claire Cronshaw from Cherry Edits and it’s time for me to share a real and raw moment with you. I’m here at the IFEMA in Madrid. You can see it there behind me. This is the 20 Books conference for indie authors. We’re on a break, but I’ve stepped out because I wantContinue reading “Getting real for a minute. Why attending an indie author conference was such a big moment for me. #20BooksMadrid.”

Is it more important to pay for a cover or editing if you’re an indie author?

Hey, indie authors. It’s Claire Cronshaw from Cherry Edits. I’m here at the 20 Books Madrid conference. A great opportunity to sell my proofreading and copyediting services to authors, right? Well, no, that’s not what I’ve come for. I’m just taking it all in. I’m listening. I want to hear what concerns you indie folkContinue reading “Is it more important to pay for a cover or editing if you’re an indie author?”

How do you find and remove unnecessary spaces at the start of new lines on Word?

The author I’m editing for at the moment has a tendency to add unnecessary spaces at the start of new lines – after a line break. Here’s a great way to find them and fix them. Use Ctrl+H and use this wildcard. ([^l|^13])( ) This will find them for you. And the second wildcard willContinue reading “How do you find and remove unnecessary spaces at the start of new lines on Word?”

Is it slither or sliver?

It’s cake central in my life at the moment. 😬🍰 (Big!) birthdays. Work events. Reconnecting with friends over coffee and cake. So I’ve got to be careful. I only want a small slice … (She says!) But what should I ask for? Check below to find out.

An editor who makes indie authors happy. Testimonials say my top skills are attention to detail and excellent communication.

😎 I try to be cool… but marketing can be cringy. 📆 I’ve set myself the challenge this week of using client testimonials as part of a marketing push. That’s such a lie. 😬 The reality is I’d set myself the challenge of sharing social proof three weeks ago – but I keep bumping itContinue reading “An editor who makes indie authors happy. Testimonials say my top skills are attention to detail and excellent communication.”

Is it apart or a part?

I promise I am 𝙣𝙤𝙩 this person. I wouldn’t message you back with a correction of your grammar. 😅 I save that for manuscripts. 🔎 But I couldn’t resist it on this meme generator. That’s what memes are all about, right? 💡 Apart = separate from 💡 A part = [in this sense] a sectionContinue reading “Is it apart or a part?”