Conference reflections. How do you feel after you’ve done some CPD?

This week has been a rollercoaster of emotions. 😁 Absolutely chuffed to bits by my professional progress which I recognised when imposter syndrome did not rear its ugly head at this year’s Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) conference. I noticed I’m not bamboozled by jargon. I have so many editing experiences under myContinue reading “Conference reflections. How do you feel after you’ve done some CPD?”

Do you like online conferences? I do! CIEP 2021.

πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ Hands up – who likes it when a conference is online? I do. Because it means this can be my day ⬇️ Sunday: 🚸 Ironing uniforms πŸ›’ Getting a shop in πŸ‘©β€πŸ³ Cooking family meals βž• πŸ“” Learning more about developmental editing πŸ’· Picking up some ideas for marketing πŸ–₯️ Finding out more aboutContinue reading “Do you like online conferences? I do! CIEP 2021.”

Have you ‘tried your hand’ at writing a book? Let me help you polish it up.

I was asked whether I wanted to take advantage of some free advertising on morecambeandmore.com. I said yes. 😁 Emily Ward who is in charge of the website asked me for a photo and my logo plus the link to my website. She then wrote a brief intro and made this super-looking directory entry forContinue reading “Have you ‘tried your hand’ at writing a book? Let me help you polish it up.”

Is a tidy workspace a must for you? It is for me.

❓ Clearing the decks. Do you do it? Is a tidy workspace a reflection of a tidy mind? The cause of a tidy mind? Or not linked at all? 😁 First quiet day working from home since 13th July. πŸŽ‰ My son is back at school and I have three full days to work onContinue reading “Is a tidy workspace a must for you? It is for me.”

I’m editing a post-apoc novel this month. What are you up to?

πŸŽ‰ September — let’s go! πŸ“šπŸ”ŽπŸ”₯ I’m editing a post-apoc novel this month. ❓What else is on my agenda? Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) conference which I am very much looking forward to. Best value-for-money CPD hands down Accountability group meeting to check-in with my fellow editorial professionals to see how we areContinue reading “I’m editing a post-apoc novel this month. What are you up to?”

Why you need a human as part of your editorial safeguards. Is it curtesy or courtesy? Waved or waived? Entails or entrails? I know!

πŸ”€ Your spellcheck does not know it. πŸ€‘ Your paid-for grammar software does not know it either. πŸ€“ But I do. Some #proofreading spots from a couple of indie author manuscripts which would have passed unnoticed without #EagleEyedCherry: ❌ It was an appropriate measure and a proper curtesy to my friend. ➑ courtesy βœ” ❌Continue reading “Why you need a human as part of your editorial safeguards. Is it curtesy or courtesy? Waved or waived? Entails or entrails? I know!”

When and why I changed career direction.

My mother-in-law… πŸ˜‚ No, this isn’t the start of a Les Dawson joke. My mother-in-law may not remember this but she once said to me that I was institutionalised. It was a while ago now and it was something she said when we were talking about careers. She didn’t say it in malice. It wasn’tContinue reading “When and why I changed career direction.”

Should I pay for a cover designer? Should I pay for an editor and a proofreader? In self-publishing, it’s up to you.

πŸ’¬ “It depends what you want.” That’s something I keep at the forefront of my mind when I work with writers. Where is the manuscript going to end up? What are you hoping to achieve with it? You could pay for ALL THE THINGS, but it’s up to you to decide whether you’re going fullyContinue reading “Should I pay for a cover designer? Should I pay for an editor and a proofreader? In self-publishing, it’s up to you.”

Saturday adventures: a dragon quest.

πŸ‰ I went on a dragon quest this afternoon. πŸ₯š I was part of an elite crew of sleuths tracking down the villain who attempted to steal the golden dragon egg. πŸ”Ž We searched high and low. Scoured the landscape. Used our skills of logic and deduction. And we did it. πŸ† The villain hasContinue reading “Saturday adventures: a dragon quest.”

A little nostalgia and introspection. Where the editing idea began.

You wouldn’t think that the location in the first picture is anywhere near the others, would you? That’s cities for you! Turn a corner and you’re in another world. I took these photos this morning on a trip down memory lane. We’ve returned to Leeds for a couple of days to catch up with folk,Continue reading “A little nostalgia and introspection. Where the editing idea began.”