⏲️ Are you a fan of novels written in present tense? Some find it jarring. 🕰️ This month, I’m proofreading a series of novels which have been reworked from present tense into past tense. The author enjoys reading present-tense narratives and didn’t think it would be a problem to write his post-apoc novels this way.Continue reading “Present tense or past tense novels? What’s your preference? Editing a novel which has changed its tense.”
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How much does editing cost? How much does proofreading cost? (What I’ve charged this year.)
Smallest fee: £6.35. Largest fee: £780 Like Scrooge, sitting in his counting house on Christmas Eve (or Eve-Eve, as it is today), I’m looking over my accounts from this calendar year. I’m not going to tell you how much I’ve earned! But I thought I’d share the smallest and the largest fees. The smallest feeContinue reading “How much does editing cost? How much does proofreading cost? (What I’ve charged this year.)”
Is it aitch or haitch? Should have or should of?
Aitch or haitch. (H) ❓ Is it C-R-O-N-S-aitch-A-W or C-R-O-N-S-haitch-A-W? I’ve heard myself saying ‘haitch’ this year. Ssh. That’s just between us.🤫 ✔Aitch ➡ haitch ❌used to be a line I’d never cross. Years of wincing when I heard it – it used to be my pet peeve – ensured that those particular sounds wouldContinue reading “Is it aitch or haitch? Should have or should of?”
What I’m editing in 2021: fantasy, post-apoc and more!
Plague doctors. Post-apocalyptic wastelands. Dragons. 2021 looks exciting! Of course, I’m talking about the proofreading and editing work I’ve got booked in. Familiar territory! With some new challenges. 🐲I’m doing a 450000-word fantasy boxset in January to ensure accuracy and consistency throughout. Can’t wait to get stuck in. 😷 In February, I will proofread aContinue reading “What I’m editing in 2021: fantasy, post-apoc and more!”
What is Cumberland and Westmorland dialect?
Driving yam for Christmas? I’m not. Not this year.🚗 Yam is Cumberland and Westmorland dialect for home. As garn yam means I’m going home. I love my home dialect. It’s so colourful. I sometimes find standard English variants don’t cut the mustard and don’t quite mean what I want to say. Take waffy. You couldContinue reading “What is Cumberland and Westmorland dialect?”
What is the plural of reindeer? Is it reindeer or reindeers?
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Son: Mum, why is Rudolph not on my jumper? All the other ones are there. Me: Some people don’t consider Rudolph to be one of the traditional reindeers. Son: Reindeer. 😂 Touché, boyo.
December 15th 2020. Fantasy novel: top proofreading spots.
It’s only 10.45 and I’ve already saved The World. That’s the name of the novella I’ve proofread this morning. 🔎 Here are my top #proofreading spots from the manuscript. 1️⃣ The wyvern’s took to the air. ❌ ➡ wyverns ✔ 2️⃣ “I feel like a raised you.” ❌ ➡ I raised ✔ 3️⃣ She didContinue reading “December 15th 2020. Fantasy novel: top proofreading spots.”
Take your wellbeing seriously. How being self-employed has brought about a shift in my mindset.
Sort yourself before you help others. That’s the advice you hear from cabin crew. In an emergency, sort your own oxygen mask before you sort your child’s. It’s someone else’s analogy. But it made a big impact when I heard it. It makes sense but feels counterintuitive. Touch wood, I’ve never had to test whatContinue reading “Take your wellbeing seriously. How being self-employed has brought about a shift in my mindset.”
Zoom has broadened my horizons and opportunities.
I’ve joined in more events this year than ever. Video conferencing has been the saviour of 2020. I’d done the odd Zoom before but I’ve at least quadrupled my video conferencing experience this year. And I think it’s marvellous. I mean, yeah, Zoom fatigue is a thing, but it’s just such an inclusive technology. IContinue reading “Zoom has broadened my horizons and opportunities.”
What’s your most embarrassing job interview moment?
Most embarrassing job interview moment? 🎺 It’s a toss up between the short musical interlude I performed using my invisible trumpet… “I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but, do de do de do.” I actually got that job so maybe they liked it.😂 ✍️ … And the time I wrote all over aContinue reading “What’s your most embarrassing job interview moment?”