😅 And breathe. I’ve just got to the end of a seven-month, back-to-back stint of client work for various #indieauthors. It’s been amazing. But I’ve deliberately not taken any novel-length bookings for the next couple of months*. Here’s why: 1️⃣ I need some time to work on my business. I’ve got the editing and proofreadingContinue reading “Cherry Edits: available for samples, blogs and short stories this spring/summer. Full-length novel edits from September. Here’s why.”
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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?”
What is proofreading and what is it not?
In a couple of different places online, I posted the instruction to fill in the blank. 📢 When I send off my book to a proofreader, I expect that proofreader to ____________. 😅 Now, that’s the thing with social media. You don’t always get back what you anticipated. I could have put it into contextContinue reading “What is proofreading and what is it not?”
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?”
Have you got to know me over on my social media channels? Head there to find out more.
😜 Yep, I mess around on social media. Do you want to know why? Well, it’s fun. I really like the creativity and self-expression. I like learning how to do new things. But it’s more than that. I want you to see how I roll. 💡 I want you to think, ‘Ah, yeah, Claire. IContinue reading “Have you got to know me over on my social media channels? Head there to find out more.”
Your book is your baby – so find the right babysitter!
The author–editor relationship: an analogy: 👶 “I’m so proud of my book baby!” 🎂 “Happy book birthday!” I see a lot of authors using the baby metaphor to describe their books. I can definitely see why. All that time. All that nurturing. And that uncanny reflection where you see parts of yourself staring straight backContinue reading “Your book is your baby – so find the right babysitter!”
How good are you at estimating your word counts?
I’ve just opened the YA fantasy manuscript that I’ll be starting to work on next week – just to check it is all present and correct, etc. Two things of note: 1️⃣ The author delivered the manuscript a week ahead of schedule. That’s a first! The vast majority deliver on time, but never early. 2️⃣Continue reading “How good are you at estimating your word counts?”
What are you working on today? #WIPWEDNESDAY. Behind the scenes at Cherry Edits.
#WIPWEDNESDAY – Work in Progress Wednesday Here’s what I’m up to today. I’m currently on page 481 of 531 of an indie fantasy copyedit. The manuscript is 126166 words. It’s such a brilliant story. I’m gripped and am just past the climax. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how things are resolved. On theContinue reading “What are you working on today? #WIPWEDNESDAY. Behind the scenes at Cherry Edits.”
How can indie authors find editors and proofreaders? Be a lurker!
🔗 I like working with indie authors because we often have similar mindsets. You are indie because you want the independence to make decisions about the publishing process. 🛒 That doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself. You can still choose to have bought-in services to support you. And those bought-in services can beContinue reading “How can indie authors find editors and proofreaders? Be a lurker!”
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.”