How do you hyphenate or use a dash in the names of mathematical concepts? And are they capitalised?

🤓 I enjoyed the maths! There’s a sentence I never thought I’d say. 🔎 I’ve recently proofread ‘The Nick Warner Chronicles Vol II’, an adventure-filled Bildungsroman about the life of a maths genius. Nick navigates tricky life circumstances by applying maths. 🔎 As part of the edit, I checked every hypothesis, theory, concept and formula,Continue reading “How do you hyphenate or use a dash in the names of mathematical concepts? And are they capitalised?”

🎉Milestone! I’ve edited 1,000,000 words.

*In the voice of Dr. Evil 📢 ONE MILLION WORDS! ❓So, should I stop calling myself a newbie? 😆 One million words. That’s how many words I have proofread or edited since I started counting. And I started counting in Feb 2018 when I established Cronshaw Editing. Not bad, eh. Alongside teaching, too. 😅 🔢Continue reading “🎉Milestone! I’ve edited 1,000,000 words.”

No smoke and mirrors. This is what happens if I edit your book.

There’s always that element of uncertainty when you hire a freelancer for the first time. ❔Will they do a good job? ❔Will they meet my deadline? ❔Will they offer value for money? ❔Will communication be smooth? The freelancer also has uncertainties when taking on a new client. ❔Will the work they’re offering fit in withContinue reading “No smoke and mirrors. This is what happens if I edit your book.”

Where should capital letters go in titles?

📝 So you’ve written a contents page. A leaflet. A blog post. An essay. And you’ve used a series of headings. ❓ The question is – should you capitalise the words in your headings? And, if so, how? 📢 The answer is that there is more than one way to approach this. There are individualContinue reading “Where should capital letters go in titles?”

Should food names be capitalised in menus? And other considerations when proofreading food writing.

😋 I proofread some menus today and they made me so hungry! They were Indian menus of dishes prepared for special occasions. If I hadn’t already sorted a shepherd’s pie for tea then I definitely would have ordered a takeaway tonight. Though it’s probably best I didn’t as it wouldn’t have lived up to theContinue reading “Should food names be capitalised in menus? And other considerations when proofreading food writing.”

Cherry Edits: free 1000-word sample edit. Try before you buy.

❓ If you’ve never tried something, how do you know if it’s missing from your life? In Grace Dent’s column this week, she ponders whether she’ll ever be able to go back to ‘eat[ing] toast served in what feels like a working creche by someone wearing a singlet and displaying armpit hair’ 🤣when she canContinue reading “Cherry Edits: free 1000-word sample edit. Try before you buy.”

May 12th 2020. Fantasy novel: top proofreading spots.

🔎 Today’s top #proofreading spots from a fantasy novel. ❌ The tower rose in the distance, its height all the more impressiveness from her vantage point ➡️ impressive ✅ ❌ The creature’s wings billowed and caught on an updraft ➡️ updraught ✅ 🇬🇧 ❌ Mystical plains ➡️ planes ✅ ❌ A minute or slater ➡️Continue reading “May 12th 2020. Fantasy novel: top proofreading spots.”

How do I get an en dash or an em dash on Word? Using alt codes.

❓ Do you know your alt codes? Alt+0150 – This is my favourite and I use this a lot: the en-dash, a dash the size of a letter N. It’s the one which Word often does automatically – when you hit the hyphen to move on to a different clause and, as if by magic,Continue reading “How do I get an en dash or an em dash on Word? Using alt codes.”

Is it immanent or imminent? Top proofreading spot.

🔎 Most satisfying #proofreading spot of the day: Immanent ➡️ imminent ⛔ Microsoft Word’s spellcheck did not recognise ‘immanent’ as being incorrect. Why not? 💡 Because ‘immanent’ is a word. It means “existing or operating within; inherent” (Google Dictionary definition). But the author of this #gamelit novel wanted ‘imminent’ as in “about to happen”. That’sContinue reading “Is it immanent or imminent? Top proofreading spot.”

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.”