Five brief thoughts on Klara and the Sun. Excellent speculative fiction.

Five brief thoughts on Klara and the Sun. 1️⃣ It’s an excellent read. My other four points will explain why. 2️⃣ The point of view: first person; Klara – the Artificial Friend. It’s matter-of-fact and, as such, feels more tragic. No, not tragic. That’s not quite right. Sparse, perhaps. So we are the ones doingContinue reading “Five brief thoughts on Klara and the Sun. Excellent speculative fiction.”

Is it stationary or stationery?

At this time of year, there are a lot of good stationery offers in the supermarkets. ✏️✉️📏✒️ StationEry. 💡 Stationery — ‘e’ for ‘envelopes’: that’s how I remember it. And for those of you who like to get organised and maybe even label a cupboard or drawer… I mean, the cupboard is stationary (unless it’sContinue reading “Is it stationary or stationery?”

More satisfying proofreading spots that Word and AI grammar checkers did not flag.

aka I sell confidence 1. permitter ❌ ➡ perimeter ✔ The grammar checkers didn’t see an issue with this. Why? Because ‘permitter’ is one who permits. Was that what my author meant? Nope. He intended to say ‘perimeter’. 2. the closet person ❌ ➡ the closest person ✔ I suppose one could be a closetContinue reading “More satisfying proofreading spots that Word and AI grammar checkers did not flag.”

If you want an insight into what it takes to get a book to print, read the acknowledgements.

📢 New writers. Have you studied the acknowledgements? If you follow me on social media, you may have seen yesterday I suggested The Editing Podcast is an excellent port of call for those wanting advice on the various components of publishing… May I also suggest you check out the acknowledgements sections of the books youContinue reading “If you want an insight into what it takes to get a book to print, read the acknowledgements.”

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?”