My story: looking to the future.

#MyStory In 1300 characters, it’s hard to fit this in! So I’ll give the edited highlights and, for a different angle to this challenge, fast forward to an imagined future, five years from now. Affirmations written in the present tense, if you will. 👩‍🏫 My story: love English and French. Went to Keele Uni toContinue reading “My story: looking to the future.”

Should I get a second monitor for my PC? Yes!

I treated myself to a second monitor and my efficiency shot up! 🖥️🖥️ When I edit a manuscript, if my client doesn’t have a style sheet, I create one.📃 This one’s shared with the author’s permission: manuscript screen 1, style sheet screen 2–it’s so much easier. Whether fiction or non-fiction, I start by setting downContinue reading “Should I get a second monitor for my PC? Yes!”

Proper nouns. What are they and why are they important in novels?

I do love a good proper noun. They can really anchor you in a particular time and place. 🎯 I don’t mean a ‘right good’ noun. I mean the kind of noun, identified by an initial capital, denoting a particular person, place or thing. 📅The novel I’m currently editing makes good use of proper nouns.Continue reading “Proper nouns. What are they and why are they important in novels?”

How many words is your average edit?

📈 A positive of lockdown: I’ve increased my daily #editing word count. 🔢 Having just returned my second-longest manuscript to date two weeks ahead of schedule, I’ve done a bit of number crunching. 🔎 While I’m not ready to share my daily word count, I will tell you a bit about what I do throughContinue reading “How many words is your average edit?”

Stay home or stay at home? Is the preposition on its way out?

It’s really interesting to see how language is changing in the current #Covid19 crisis. The BBC news app tells us that people are being told to ‘stay home’. On the signs people have been making for their windows, you can see the appeal of the symmetry of STAYHOME four letters apiece. Anyone in the UKContinue reading “Stay home or stay at home? Is the preposition on its way out?”

March 23rd 2020. Puzzle book: top proofreading spots.

🔎 Today’s #proofreading spots are from a fascinating project I’ve been working on: a lateral-thinking puzzle disguised as a furniture catalogue. Errors shared with permission. ❌ inhance ➡️ enhance ✅ ❌ metalllic ➡️ metallic ✅ ❌ ubiqitous ➡️ ubiquitous ✅ ❌ fascimile ➡️ facsimile ✅ ❌ seperately ➡️ separately ✅ Problems like this can occurContinue reading “March 23rd 2020. Puzzle book: top proofreading spots.”

Should mum be capitalised? Should university be capitalised?

🔎 Mum or mum? University or university? In the manuscript I returned this weekend, one issue was the misplacement of capital letters in nouns such as the ones above. My client often opted for the uppercase option but that wasn’t always the correct call. ▪️Keeping mum Whether to use uppercase or lowercase depends on whetherContinue reading “Should mum be capitalised? Should university be capitalised?”

Proofreading stopped my panic attacks!

Between 2009 and 2017, on and off, I accessed support from primary health care for a generalised anxiety disorder.  There were a few factors at play causing this, but one big one for me was feeling trapped by my employment circumstances. My mother-in-law once told me I was ‘institutionalised’! My path had taken me fromContinue reading “Proofreading stopped my panic attacks!”

Want a phone conversation to chat about your editing needs? That’s fine. And it’s also fine if you’d rather not!

We profess that email and messaging is so much more convenient than a phone call. But is it? I speak as someone who almost always uses email. But I had a business phone conversation this week and it was so successful that it has made me reflect. There’s a lot of to-ing and fro-ing withContinue reading “Want a phone conversation to chat about your editing needs? That’s fine. And it’s also fine if you’d rather not!”

I didn’t even know proofreading was ‘a thing’ when I was at school.

Did you even know your job existed when you were at school? 🤔 When I was at school, there were so many jobs that I didn’t even know existed. And it’s not because of technology. Some of these jobs have been around a long time. There are areas of study that I didn’t even knowContinue reading “I didn’t even know proofreading was ‘a thing’ when I was at school.”