I was asked whether I wanted to take advantage of some free advertising on morecambeandmore.com. I said yes. 😁 Emily Ward who is in charge of the website asked me for a photo and my logo plus the link to my website. She then wrote a brief intro and made this super-looking directory entry forContinue reading “Have you ‘tried your hand’ at writing a book? Let me help you polish it up.”
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Is a tidy workspace a must for you? It is for me.
❓ Clearing the decks. Do you do it? Is a tidy workspace a reflection of a tidy mind? The cause of a tidy mind? Or not linked at all? 😁 First quiet day working from home since 13th July. 🎉 My son is back at school and I have three full days to work onContinue reading “Is a tidy workspace a must for you? It is for me.”
Why you need a human as part of your editorial safeguards. Is it curtesy or courtesy? Waved or waived? Entails or entrails? I know!
🔤 Your spellcheck does not know it. 🤑 Your paid-for grammar software does not know it either. 🤓 But I do. Some #proofreading spots from a couple of indie author manuscripts which would have passed unnoticed without #EagleEyedCherry: ❌ It was an appropriate measure and a proper curtesy to my friend. ➡ courtesy ✔ ❌Continue reading “Why you need a human as part of your editorial safeguards. Is it curtesy or courtesy? Waved or waived? Entails or entrails? I know!”
Should I pay for a cover designer? Should I pay for an editor and a proofreader? In self-publishing, it’s up to you.
💬 “It depends what you want.” That’s something I keep at the forefront of my mind when I work with writers. Where is the manuscript going to end up? What are you hoping to achieve with it? You could pay for ALL THE THINGS, but it’s up to you to decide whether you’re going fullyContinue reading “Should I pay for a cover designer? Should I pay for an editor and a proofreader? In self-publishing, it’s up to you.”
Is it ‘should of’ or ‘should have’? Eggsellent advice contained herein.
❓ Why am I sharing this WhatsApp screenshot with you? 1️⃣ To answer the question: what do proofreaders have for lunch? 2️⃣ To demonstrate that I’m a proofreader with a winning sense of humour? 3️⃣ To give my international followers a taste of a British classic, as good in flavour as it is in onomatopoeia?Continue reading “Is it ‘should of’ or ‘should have’? Eggsellent advice contained herein.”
Today’s top proofreading spots.
🔎 Top #proofreading spots from an edit I’m working on. 1️⃣ I looked causally at… ❌ ➡ I looked casually at … ✔ 2️⃣ My friend Jaime ❌ My friend Jamie ✔ (The name had been Jamie throughout so this was just a typo/letter switch) 3️⃣ I used to be less social ❌ I usedContinue reading “Today’s top proofreading spots.”
Who[m] do you trust with advice for doing it yourself – decorating or self-editing?
Too many cooks spoil the broth? Too many decorating experts spoil the walls? Too many editors spoil the manuscript?! Yesterday I received decorating advice that sent my head into a spin. Shop worker: You want primer? Why? Tell me what you’re working on. Me: I’ve done a mist coat on newly dried plaster and I’mContinue reading “Who[m] do you trust with advice for doing it yourself – decorating or self-editing?”
What tools do proofreaders and editors use for accuracy and efficiency?
❓ What are the power tools of your industry? Please expect lots of DIY analogies this week as I decorate my son’s room. We’ve gone right back to the bare bones and have had the room re-plastered. As the plaster dries, I’ve been getting on with sanding woodwork for some other jobs that need doing aroundContinue reading “What tools do proofreaders and editors use for accuracy and efficiency?”
Looking for a proofreader or editor with experience?
Remember when I crossed the one million words milestone? I’m almost at one and a half million. Please picture me saying this in a Dr Evil style. 😁 What I’m not-very-subtly suggesting by posting this in front of you is that I’m experienced. I’ve edited and proofread lots of words. I could edit/proofread your words,Continue reading “Looking for a proofreader or editor with experience?”
Is it dispatch box or despatch box? Should Parliament be capitalised? Back-bencher or backbencher? Proofreading dystopian political fiction.
🔎 Today’s proofread has a political theme. Dystopian fiction, written in 2017, but weirdly prescient. It’s not a futuristic setting, rather a twisted version of our own, and so the words need to be styled in a recognised way. Part of this involves carefully checking spelling, hyphenation and capitalisation. Dispatch box ❌ has become despatchContinue reading “Is it dispatch box or despatch box? Should Parliament be capitalised? Back-bencher or backbencher? Proofreading dystopian political fiction.”