If a book doesn’t have a pacy plot, can it still be good?

What books live in your mind library and why? I’ve just finished Things Fall Apart. Wow. I don’t have a detailed review to share with you as it’s one that’ll take a while to process. What I can say about it is that I reckon it’ll live in my mind library on the same shelvesContinue reading “If a book doesn’t have a pacy plot, can it still be good?”

What words and phrases do you find pleasing?

Some words and phrases are just pleasing. “Belt and braces.” This is the idiom my computer repair guy used last week when he came to fix my WiFi issues. I now have two ways of connecting and, if one’s slow, the other will kick in. “Cut and shut.” This phrase came to mind when myContinue reading “What words and phrases do you find pleasing?”

Indie authors: when you can’t work, your books can. Book sales can give your family wiggle room.

📍Indie authors take note. There’s money to be made even when there’s a bump in the road. *** I am obviously not rejoicing that my son has picked up some kind of primary school freshers’ flu on his return to class this September… But I am rejoicing that I no longer have to ask permissionContinue reading “Indie authors: when you can’t work, your books can. Book sales can give your family wiggle room.”

If you want an insight into what it takes to get a book to print, read the acknowledgements.

📢 New writers. Have you studied the acknowledgements? If you follow me on social media, you may have seen yesterday I suggested The Editing Podcast is an excellent port of call for those wanting advice on the various components of publishing… May I also suggest you check out the acknowledgements sections of the books youContinue reading “If you want an insight into what it takes to get a book to print, read the acknowledgements.”

Timeline woes! How careful line edits can avert an author’s panic.

Panic Averted. Or, The tale of the different emotions of an editor and author. (See Messenger screenshots for context – shared with the author’s permission.) 1. Me: 🤔 I’m past half way in the edit and some timeline issues have cropped up. Should I flag them for the author to deal with in his editContinue reading “Timeline woes! How careful line edits can avert an author’s panic.”

If you’ve come to this page due to a word-of-mouth recommendation: welcome.

That feeling you get when one of your clients tells other authors about your editing services. I’m thrilled to be at the stage in my business where most of my new work comes from word-of-mouth referrals. YEAH! If you’re an author who has heard of me via a previous client of mine: welcome. Please doContinue reading “If you’ve come to this page due to a word-of-mouth recommendation: welcome.”

Getting real for a minute. Why attending an indie author conference was such a big moment for me. #20BooksMadrid.

Hi, it’s Claire Cronshaw from Cherry Edits and it’s time for me to share a real and raw moment with you. I’m here at the IFEMA in Madrid. You can see it there behind me. This is the 20 Books conference for indie authors. We’re on a break, but I’ve stepped out because I wantContinue reading “Getting real for a minute. Why attending an indie author conference was such a big moment for me. #20BooksMadrid.”

Is it more important to pay for a cover or editing if you’re an indie author?

Hey, indie authors. It’s Claire Cronshaw from Cherry Edits. I’m here at the 20 Books Madrid conference. A great opportunity to sell my proofreading and copyediting services to authors, right? Well, no, that’s not what I’ve come for. I’m just taking it all in. I’m listening. I want to hear what concerns you indie folkContinue reading “Is it more important to pay for a cover or editing if you’re an indie author?”

Is it slither or sliver?

It’s cake central in my life at the moment. 😬🍰 (Big!) birthdays. Work events. Reconnecting with friends over coffee and cake. So I’ve got to be careful. I only want a small slice … (She says!) But what should I ask for? Check below to find out.

An editor who makes indie authors happy. Testimonials say my top skills are attention to detail and excellent communication.

😎 I try to be cool… but marketing can be cringy. 📆 I’ve set myself the challenge this week of using client testimonials as part of a marketing push. That’s such a lie. 😬 The reality is I’d set myself the challenge of sharing social proof three weeks ago – but I keep bumping itContinue reading “An editor who makes indie authors happy. Testimonials say my top skills are attention to detail and excellent communication.”