It is said that everyone has a book in them. Have you?

Have you got as far as writing it? Have you published it? If not, what’s stopping you? One of my indie author clients is my husband, Jon. He tried to have his work proofread by other freelance editors but his visual impairment made working through the edits really difficult, so I received formal CIEP trainingContinue reading “It is said that everyone has a book in them. Have you?”

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.”

What is a staycation? Musings on portmanteaus.

πŸ€” Is it just me, or has the meaning of ‘staycation’ broadened recently? Pretty sure it used to encapsulate the idea of taking time off work, staying at home and going for day trips. News items this week are using it to mean holidays taken in your home country. Is that how you’ve always usedContinue reading “What is a staycation? Musings on portmanteaus.”

A proud moment: when Jon released his book ‘Blind Gambit’ about living with a visual impairment.

Today I want to talk about a proud moment. The release of my husband’s book ‘Blind Gambit’ made me proud. Proofread by yours truly. 😊 It was actually two years ago and was not Jon’s first release, but it was a really important one which tells some truths about what it’s like to live withContinue reading “A proud moment: when Jon released his book ‘Blind Gambit’ about living with a visual impairment.”

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. πŸ‘©β€πŸ« My story: love English and French. Went to Keele Uni toContinue reading “My story: looking to the future.”

How many words is your average edit?

πŸ“ˆ A positive of lockdown: I’ve increased my daily #editing word count. πŸ”’ Having just returned my second-longest manuscript to date two weeks ahead of schedule, I’ve done a bit of number crunching. πŸ”Ž While I’m not ready to share my daily word count, I will tell you a bit about what I do throughContinue reading “How many words is your average edit?”

Stay home or stay at home? Is the preposition on its way out?

It’s really interesting to see how language is changing in the current #Covid19 crisis. The BBC news app tells us that people are being told to ‘stay home’. On the signs people have been making for their windows, you can see the appeal of the symmetry of STAYHOME four letters apiece. Anyone in the UKContinue reading “Stay home or stay at home? Is the preposition on its way out?”

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!”

I didn’t even know proofreading was ‘a thing’ when I was at school.

Did you even know your job existed when you were at school? πŸ€” When I was at school, there were so many jobs that I didn’t even know existed. And it’s not because of technology. Some of these jobs have been around a long time. There are areas of study that I didn’t even knowContinue reading “I didn’t even know proofreading was ‘a thing’ when I was at school.”

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!”