📚 I read a book in a day yesterday. It’s been a while since I did that. And why was I so hooked? 🐄 Because it’s James. And because it’s Little Strickland. 😊 I genuinely feel privileged. I bet few people have the opportunity to read a beautiful, raw and moving book about the exactContinue reading “What’s the last book that made you cry? James Rebanks’s English Pastoral.”
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Reflections on CIEP 2020. Day 2 at the conference.
Another busy but successful day. 😁 I managed to fit in two sessions of #CIEP2020. Total fangirl moment with Denise *the Scottish one* Cowle’s interview with legend of dictionary corner, Susie Dent. I learnt about the etymology of ‘quarantine’, why some words from this year are likely to have short shelf-lives (like quarantini 🍸) andContinue reading “Reflections on CIEP 2020. Day 2 at the conference.”
Reflections on Day 1 of CIEP 2020.
Day 1 of #CIEP2020. What a mood boost 😁 Loved meeting other fiction editors in the networking session this morning. Top folk! This afternoon’s session on style sheets was illuminating. I use them for all my edits yet it was really valuable to see how other people approach them. It’s made me think about aContinue reading “Reflections on Day 1 of CIEP 2020.”
Who’s excited for CIEP 2020?
🎉The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) conference begins tomorrow. 🖥️ Online, of course. 👩🎓 I’m excited to reflect on how far I’ve come since I attended my first conference with them in 2018. 🆕 Back then, calling myself a newbie editor made sense. I set up my business in the January and startedContinue reading “Who’s excited for CIEP 2020?”
Libraries in Lockdown report: ebook usage increased by 146%.
Wow. Fascinating reading from the Libraries in Lockdown report conducted by Libraries Connected. Ebook usage increased by 146%. That’s amazing. I know that we contributed to the numbers. During lockdown, we downloaded Borrowbox onto our devices and were thrilled by the selection of ebooks and e-audiobooks available. And, remember, the authors of the books youContinue reading “Libraries in Lockdown report: ebook usage increased by 146%.”
Can I make a living wage from self-publishing?
💷 A family friend awkwardly asked my indie-author husband: “But, is it a living wage?” For sure, not everyone who goes down the self-publishing route will make a living out of it. But, if you know what you’re doing, and you put effort into both the creative and business side of things, you can makeContinue reading “Can I make a living wage from self-publishing?”
How can I teach myself to spell? (You’ve just got to get on with it!)
Flannal ❌ Deodorent ❌ Lables ❌ 💬 Family member: You’ll going to have to improve your spelling if you’re to become an English teacher. 19-year-old me: 😬 True story. These were misspellings on my holiday packing list. 🛄 At that time I was doing an English degree. And I had high hopes of being atContinue reading “How can I teach myself to spell? (You’ve just got to get on with it!)”
Yorkshire Day: my favourite Yorkshire dialect words.
🗯️ You know I’m a fan of regional dialect. Today is #YorkshireDay and, while that’s not my heritage, the 12 years I spent living there were happy ones. To celebrate the linguistic variety of this beloved place, here are a few of my favourite Yorkshire-isms. (Now, it’s a BIG county so not all folk useContinue reading “Yorkshire Day: my favourite Yorkshire dialect words.”
🎉Milestone! I’ve edited 1,000,000 words.
*In the voice of Dr. Evil 📢 ONE MILLION WORDS! ❓So, should I stop calling myself a newbie? 😆 One million words. That’s how many words I have proofread or edited since I started counting. And I started counting in Feb 2018 when I established Cronshaw Editing. Not bad, eh. Alongside teaching, too. 😅 🔢Continue reading “🎉Milestone! I’ve edited 1,000,000 words.”
Five top tips for getting the most out of your library.
5️⃣ Top tips for getting the most out of your library. 📚 1. Non-fiction. I look longingly at hardback non-fiction in bookshop windows but talk myself out of £15+ purchases. Library non-fiction is a great way to try before you buy.* 2. Maps. During lockdown, I was keen to find new walking routes. Google doesn’tContinue reading “Five top tips for getting the most out of your library.”