I promise I am 𝙣𝙤𝙩 this person. I wouldn’t message you back with a correction of your grammar. 😅 I save that for manuscripts. 🔎 But I couldn’t resist it on this meme generator. That’s what memes are all about, right? 💡 Apart = separate from 💡 A part = [in this sense] a sectionContinue reading “Is it apart or a part?”
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Is it lay or is it lie?
😬 Even editors hate lay/lie! 💡 Watch this video to check you’re using them correctly. 💬 Feel free to drop some examples below. ❓ Can you use one of the following words correctly in a sentence? ◻ Lay – present tense: to set an object down◻ Laid – past tense◻ Laying – present participle◻ LaidContinue reading “Is it lay or is it lie?”
Mother’s Day or Mothers’ Day? Where should the apostrophe go?
🇬🇧 It’s Mothering Sunday here in the UK. ❓ Did you wake up wondering where to put the apostrophe in your mam’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 “Mother’s Day or Mothers’ Day? Where should the apostrophe go?”
Is it me, myself or I? The correct use of first person pronouns.
Sara Rosinsky’s wisdom needs to be shared widely. I’d like to add that the same goes for the word ‘myself’. Subjects: Jessica and myself have organised a workshop. ❌Jessica and I have organised a workshop. ✅ Objects: Please address all enquiries to myself. ❌Please address all enquires to me. ✅ I love Sara’s phrasing: ‘DespiteContinue reading “Is it me, myself or I? The correct use of first person pronouns.”
Cherry Edits: making in-roads with traditional publishers.
That’s the proofreading test done for the big ol’ publisher. 🤞 It’s just over two years since I finished P3, my third CIEP training course. And it was noticeable this weekend as I was finishing off the test sample how much more confident I felt than when I did the final course exercises at theContinue reading “Cherry Edits: making in-roads with traditional publishers.”
Is it to faze or to phase?
😳 To faze = the verb you’re looking for when someone is rattled. Often we use it to report that we weren’t flustered. 👍 I wasn’t fazed. ✅ And that’s correct. ❌ Step away from the use of ‘phased’ for this intended meaning. ❌ ‘I wasn’t phased’ is incorrect. 😳 Faze = (verb) to disconcert/discombobulateContinue reading “Is it to faze or to phase?”
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.”
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!”
What’s it like working with me? Check out this testimonial.
🎉 A new testimonial. This has kindly been sent to me by S. A. Houghton, author of ‘A Father’s Love’. “Claire was recommended to me by another author, and boy am I glad. I am a first time author so there was quite a lot of work to be done. Still, Claire was able toContinue reading “What’s it like working with me? Check out this testimonial.”
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.”