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!”
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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?”
March: summer in the light, and winter in the shade. Is this invigorating you to get through your to-do list?
Dickens got this right, for sure. It’s an invigorating start to the week. 🎯 That’s useful though as I have lots to do ▪️40k novella edit to begin. ▪️CPD webinars to catch up on. ▪️Some big-picture planning to do. ▪️Admin! I also want to make sure I fit in downtime: 🚶♀️I’ll go for walks everyContinue reading “March: summer in the light, and winter in the shade. Is this invigorating you to get through your to-do list?”
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!”
Who were your gateway authors that pulled you away from teenage reads?
This most definitely shows my vintage. With a friend the other day, I was taking about books that were a stepping stone into the world of what adults were reading. This was one such book that bridged the gap for me. The Beach by Alex Garland. It was very studenty and that appealed when IContinue reading “Who were your gateway authors that pulled you away from teenage reads?”
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.”
Save The Cat! Writes a Novel. A great book about story structure. Have you read it?
🤩 I’ll tell you what I’m loving about Save the Cat! Writes a Novel so far: 📚 the examples. The novels which are referenced to back up the claims about story structure. There’s a really nice balance in the selection of texts across genres, styles, eras, audiences. It’s just a stroke of luck that IContinue reading “Save The Cat! Writes a Novel. A great book about story structure. Have you read it?”
Looking for a proofreader/editor who is experienced at working with indie authors? That’s me!
I’ve just been crunching some numbers. 📈 In 2021, I had: 1️⃣3️⃣ editing jobs. Of these: 8️⃣ were indie author clients 4️⃣ were business clients and 1️⃣ was an academic client. My word count for the year was 581,191. Not bad considering that’s been part-time. 94% of the words I proofread/edited belonged to indie authorContinue reading “Looking for a proofreader/editor who is experienced at working with indie authors? That’s me!”
Do you attend a creative writing group?
I’ve spent the afternoon at a creative writing group in Morecambe. I really enjoyed the writing prompts and exercises. 1) A piece of free writing based on the word of the day — travail. 2) A first lines auction. This was a great idea. Everyone writes an opening line (to a poem, piece of prose,Continue reading “Do you attend a creative writing group?”