Removing my invisibility cloak: I’m Claire Cronshaw and I am an editor. Who are you and what are you working on right now?

Check out this article. Indie authors. You want to be seen. For the sake of your books, you need visibility. But. But… Talking about fear and wanting to stay hidden, Laura says: “That part of me exists for a reason, because it was once useful and it’s familiar. I can’t cut it loose, I can’tContinue reading “Removing my invisibility cloak: I’m Claire Cronshaw and I am an editor. Who are you and what are you working on right now?”

Does the hat fit? My journey to setting up my own editing business.

Get ahead. Get a hat (that fits.) 🎩 I used to have one big hat. I put it on in 2005. It was comfortable and suited me. I’d wear it from 7am until bedtime. It sometimes looked a bit dishevelled, but time unworn in the holidays would spruce it up. About five years ago, theContinue reading “Does the hat fit? My journey to setting up my own editing business.”

Take your wellbeing seriously. How being self-employed has brought about a shift in my mindset.

Sort yourself before you help others. That’s the advice you hear from cabin crew. In an emergency, sort your own oxygen mask before you sort your child’s. It’s someone else’s analogy. But it made a big impact when I heard it. It makes sense but feels counterintuitive. Touch wood, I’ve never had to test whatContinue reading “Take your wellbeing seriously. How being self-employed has brought about a shift in my mindset.”

Set us free: write your book because we want to read it. We need authors right now.

I want to read your book. I want to get inside your head and go for a wander. I’ve had enough of my own thoughts: take me somewhere else! I don’t know where I’d be without books (and baths, and most especially books in the bath). I need time out of my day, the headspaceContinue reading “Set us free: write your book because we want to read it. We need authors right now.”

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.”

Proofreading stopped my panic attacks!

Between 2009 and 2017, on and off, I accessed support from primary health care for a generalised anxiety disorder.  There were a few factors at play causing this, but one big one for me was feeling trapped by my employment circumstances. My mother-in-law once told me I was ‘institutionalised’! My path had taken me fromContinue reading “Proofreading stopped my panic attacks!”

What’s the best place to live? Why, it’s by the sea!

“O ye! who have your eyeballs vexed and tired, Feast them upon the wideness of the Sea;” John Keats got it right. Advice for our times. Moving from Leeds to Morecambe has done my mental (and physical) health a world of good. A friend of mine recently described living by the sea as being ‘goodContinue reading “What’s the best place to live? Why, it’s by the sea!”