Is it phase or faze?

It didn’t phase me. ❌It didn’t faze me. ✔️ F-A-Z-E is the spelling you want. Isn’t it interesting how we always use it in the negative. People always say they weren’t fazed. They rarely say they were. We seem to prefer discombobulated for this scenario. Maybe because it’s such a silly word. It takes theContinue reading “Is it phase or faze?”

New service: manuscript assessments.

Early last month, I wrote a post about signing a contract with a client to do my first manuscript assessment. Anyway, it went well! I’m really pleased with this testimonial. Honestly, even though it was my first one, I didn’t find it a difficult task. It took me a while, yes, as I was overthinkingContinue reading “New service: manuscript assessments.”

What words and phrases do you find pleasing?

Some words and phrases are just pleasing. “Belt and braces.” This is the idiom my computer repair guy used last week when he came to fix my WiFi issues. I now have two ways of connecting and, if one’s slow, the other will kick in. “Cut and shut.” This phrase came to mind when myContinue reading “What words and phrases do you find pleasing?”

Is it it’s or its?

𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀. I don’t mind admitting it took me far longer than it should have to learn this rule. I don’t remember anyone ever saying it to me as bluntly as this. ‘It’ (apostrophe) ‘s’ is only ever short for ‘it is’. And it confused me because it seemsContinue reading “Is it it’s or its?”

Yesterday’s top 3 #proofreading spots from a gritty fantasy novel that were missed by Word’s spellcheck or by ProWritingAid.

The three errors below cropped up during the course of yesterday’s edit. All the errors were missed by either Word or ProWritingAid or both. 1️⃣ 💎 He toyed with his feather earing. ❌ He toyed with his feather earring. ✔ In the Oxford English Dictionary, ear has more than one meaning. There’s the obvious oneContinue reading “Yesterday’s top 3 #proofreading spots from a gritty fantasy novel that were missed by Word’s spellcheck or by ProWritingAid.”

Will a British editor be cheaper than an American editor?

🇺🇲 FYI, American and other international indie authors. 📢 🇬🇧 A British editor (*coughs🙋‍♀️) may be an affordable option for you at the moment due to our weak pound. 💷 As a BBC article explains, ‘A cheaper pound makes it less expensive for people around the globe to buy goods and services from British firms,Continue reading “Will a British editor be cheaper than an American editor?”

Is it stationary or stationery?

At this time of year, there are a lot of good stationery offers in the supermarkets. ✏️✉️📏✒️ StationEry. 💡 Stationery — ‘e’ for ‘envelopes’: that’s how I remember it. And for those of you who like to get organised and maybe even label a cupboard or drawer… I mean, the cupboard is stationary (unless it’sContinue reading “Is it stationary or stationery?”

More satisfying proofreading spots that Word and AI grammar checkers did not flag.

aka I sell confidence 1. permitter ❌ ➡ perimeter ✔ The grammar checkers didn’t see an issue with this. Why? Because ‘permitter’ is one who permits. Was that what my author meant? Nope. He intended to say ‘perimeter’. 2. the closet person ❌ ➡ the closest person ✔ I suppose one could be a closetContinue reading “More satisfying proofreading spots that Word and AI grammar checkers did not flag.”

Timeline woes! How careful line edits can avert an author’s panic.

Panic Averted. Or, The tale of the different emotions of an editor and author. (See Messenger screenshots for context – shared with the author’s permission.) 1. Me: 🤔 I’m past half way in the edit and some timeline issues have cropped up. Should I flag them for the author to deal with in his editContinue reading “Timeline woes! How careful line edits can avert an author’s panic.”

How’s your geography? Making sure there’s consistency in distance, direction and location is an important part of editing.

🗺️ While editing a fantasy novella, I’ve been scribbling down a bit of a map. 🛣️ I’ve been doing this because I want to make sure this left turn and that right turn – and this hill and that single-track road – are consistent across the manuscript. If it’s out of the market then northContinue reading “How’s your geography? Making sure there’s consistency in distance, direction and location is an important part of editing.”