Looking for a proofreader or editor with experience?

Remember when I crossed the one million words milestone? I’m almost at one and a half million. Please picture me saying this in a Dr Evil style. 😁 What I’m not-very-subtly suggesting by posting this in front of you is that I’m experienced. I’ve edited and proofread lots of words. I could edit/proofread your words,Continue reading “Looking for a proofreader or editor with experience?”

Is it dispatch box or despatch box? Should Parliament be capitalised? Back-bencher or backbencher? Proofreading dystopian political fiction.

🔎 Today’s proofread has a political theme. Dystopian fiction, written in 2017, but weirdly prescient. It’s not a futuristic setting, rather a twisted version of our own, and so the words need to be styled in a recognised way. Part of this involves carefully checking spelling, hyphenation and capitalisation. Dispatch box ❌ has become despatchContinue reading “Is it dispatch box or despatch box? Should Parliament be capitalised? Back-bencher or backbencher? Proofreading dystopian political fiction.”

I’m rolling with it. New editing availability. (And, while we’re on it, is it role or roll? Rollout or roll out?)

🎪 Role up. ❌ Roll up. ✔ I’m on a role. ❌ Over the last few years, I’ve gone from one day a week of editing, to two, and, from September, I’ll be up to three. 👏 Go me! And a bonus #EagleEyedCherry #writingtip is to remind you of the different spellings and uses ofContinue reading “I’m rolling with it. New editing availability. (And, while we’re on it, is it role or roll? Rollout or roll out?)”

Looking for an editor who specialises in indie fiction?

I’m the editor for an indie author who has 41 books/series listed on Amazon. I’m the editor for an indie author whose day job is writing – it’s not a side hustle. I’m the editor for my husband. I used to feel embarrassed saying that. I felt it took away some of the kudos ofContinue reading “Looking for an editor who specialises in indie fiction?”

Should I use commas in lists of adjectives? Co-ordinate and cumulative adjectives.

❓ Loud cackling laugh or loud, cackling laugh? Is cackling laugh a noun in itself, or is cackling an adjective describing the noun? If we establish that laugh is the noun, cackling is the adjective. Loud is also an adjective describing the laugh. So, you’re listing adjectives. These are co-ordinate adjectives, each in turn modifyingContinue reading “Should I use commas in lists of adjectives? Co-ordinate and cumulative adjectives.”

What is a dangling modifier?

Today has been dubbed the ‘day of hugs’. 🤗 And, funnily enough, hugging has come up in my work this morning by way of a dangling modifier! 🔎 Moving back, the hug was planted on her from an unwanted source. ❌ Unless the hug is ‘moving back’, this sentence construction is wrong. ‘Moving back’ modifiesContinue reading “What is a dangling modifier?”

Jon is 39! And continues to inspire me every day.

🎉 39 today! Time for a 😍 post about the birthday boy, Jon Cronshaw. Despite many challenges, Jon is so driven. He has fallen on his feet with indie publishing. He loves being an author and having control of the various components really suits his Del Boy suite of skills picked up over the years.Continue reading “Jon is 39! And continues to inspire me every day.”

Is it Mother’s Day or Mothers’ Day? Where should the apostrophe go?

🇺🇲 It’s Mother’s Day in the USA. ❓ Did you wake up wondering where to put the apostrophe in your mom’s card? 😆 ✅ Well, it’s your lucky day as I can confirm it should go between the ‘R’ and the ‘S’. Mother’s Day. Yes, more than one mum is celebrating her special day today,Continue reading “Is it Mother’s Day or Mothers’ Day? Where should the apostrophe go?”

Is it perspective or prospective?

❓Perspective or prospective? From a teacher’s prospective, encouraging ambitious vocabulary is worthwhile as students are rewarded highly for this in examinations. It will make their answers stand out to perspective examiners. ❌ What’s the problem here? Copywriters – you may be at odds with my sentiment. I’ve had conversations online with copywriting parents frustrated theirContinue reading “Is it perspective or prospective?”

Removing my invisibility cloak: I’m Claire Cronshaw and I am an editor. Who are you and what are you working on right now?

Check out this article. Indie authors. You want to be seen. For the sake of your books, you need visibility. But. But… Talking about fear and wanting to stay hidden, Laura says: “That part of me exists for a reason, because it was once useful and it’s familiar. I can’t cut it loose, I can’tContinue reading “Removing my invisibility cloak: I’m Claire Cronshaw and I am an editor. Who are you and what are you working on right now?”