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Indie authors: I’m making in-roads with publishers and that will benefit you too.

One of the Big Five traditional publishers has asked me to do a proofreading test. If I’m successful, I will hopefully be added to their freelance pool. The sample is from a fiction manuscript.  It’s typeset and will need marking up with PDF tools. It’s ‘proper’ proofreading. As in, it does what it says onContinue reading “Indie authors: I’m making in-roads with publishers and that will benefit you too.”

How do you concentrate on more than one book at once?

❓’How do you stop yourself getting drawn into the novel and staying in the proofreading zone?’ I was asked this question on LinkedIn the other day when I said I was proofreading a thriller, and it got me thinking… I find it pretty straightforward to compartmentalise what I’m reading. I always have several books onContinue reading “How do you concentrate on more than one book at once?”

Do you need a space between the number and the symbol in percentages? That’s where the Chigago Manual of Style comes in handy!

My buddy for today’s work. To be a good proofreader and editor, you don’t need to know everything. You just need to know what to look up and where. Armed with this book, Google and editorial buddies, I can find the answers to life’s big questions like: 💯 Should there be a space between theContinue reading “Do you need a space between the number and the symbol in percentages? That’s where the Chigago Manual of Style comes in handy!”

Q. How do I get my book finished this year? A. Read this. ⬇️

📍 Why booking a slot with me will help you finish your novel. Have you decided 2022 is the year you’ll finish and publish your book? I can help you make that happen. — 🔊 I’m partway through listening to Robert B. Cialdini Ph.D’s book, Influence. A scenario he shares about a woman who wantedContinue reading “Q. How do I get my book finished this year? A. Read this. ⬇️”

Should you read The War of Art to help you get past writer’s block? After careful consideration: Yes!

I read it in a day. Many people had recommended it to me. Will I recommend it to you…? 😬😅 Well… Yes. It’s certainly something. Definitely some thought-provoking ideas in there. I think ‘provocative’ is probably a good word for it. What did it provoke in me? Moments of absolute agreement Mind-blown realisations Moments ofContinue reading “Should you read The War of Art to help you get past writer’s block? After careful consideration: Yes!”

Key message in The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday: stoicism rocks!

So I listened to The Obstacle Is The Way over a couple of days. Finished it while cooking New Year lunch. Unbelievable that Ryan Holiday was 26 when he wrote this. Clever so-and-so! This is what happens when someone reads ALL the books. Great interview with Tim Ferriss at the end as well. Key themes:Continue reading “Key message in The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday: stoicism rocks!”

Why I offer a free sample edit/proofread to indie fiction authors.

Before the festivities begin tomorrow, I’ll be working on a sample proofread for a thriller writer. 1000 words from the middle of his manuscript*. It’s such an important stage of working with a potential client. ✔️ It gives me a flavour of the writer’s style and story.✔️ I get a sense of how much interventionContinue reading “Why I offer a free sample edit/proofread to indie fiction authors.”

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