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.”
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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.”
There’s a typo in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee book for primary school children. Big Five publishers won’t promise perfection, even to the Queen. Be wary of anyone who promises it.
👑 What’s stopping me taking a photo of a typo in Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebration book – given to 4.5 million primary school children as a keepsake for this historic occasion? Is it the following sentence from the back matter? ©️ ‘No part of this publication may be reproduced…without the prior written permissionContinue reading “There’s a typo in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee book for primary school children. Big Five publishers won’t promise perfection, even to the Queen. Be wary of anyone who promises it.”
If you’ve come to this page due to a word-of-mouth recommendation: welcome.
That feeling you get when one of your clients tells other authors about your editing services. I’m thrilled to be at the stage in my business where most of my new work comes from word-of-mouth referrals. YEAH! If you’re an author who has heard of me via a previous client of mine: welcome. Please doContinue reading “If you’ve come to this page due to a word-of-mouth recommendation: welcome.”
Is it more important to pay for a cover or editing if you’re an indie author?
Hey, indie authors. It’s Claire Cronshaw from Cherry Edits. I’m here at the 20 Books Madrid conference. A great opportunity to sell my proofreading and copyediting services to authors, right? Well, no, that’s not what I’ve come for. I’m just taking it all in. I’m listening. I want to hear what concerns you indie folkContinue reading “Is it more important to pay for a cover or editing if you’re an indie author?”
How do you find and remove unnecessary spaces at the start of new lines on Word?
The author I’m editing for at the moment has a tendency to add unnecessary spaces at the start of new lines – after a line break. Here’s a great way to find them and fix them. Use Ctrl+H and use this wildcard. ([^l|^13])( ) This will find them for you. And the second wildcard willContinue reading “How do you find and remove unnecessary spaces at the start of new lines on Word?”