When and why I changed career direction.

My mother-in-lawโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‚ No, this isnโ€™t the start of a Les Dawson joke. My mother-in-law may not remember this but she once said to me that I was institutionalised. It was a while ago now and it was something she said when we were talking about careers. She didnโ€™t say it in malice. It wasnโ€™tContinue reading “When and why I changed career direction.”

Saturday adventures: a dragon quest.

๐Ÿ‰ I went on a dragon quest this afternoon. ๐Ÿฅš I was part of an elite crew of sleuths tracking down the villain who attempted to steal the golden dragon egg. ๐Ÿ”Ž We searched high and low. Scoured the landscape. Used our skills of logic and deduction. And we did it. ๐Ÿ† The villain hasContinue reading “Saturday adventures: a dragon quest.”

A little nostalgia and introspection. Where the editing idea began.

You wouldn’t think that the location in the first picture is anywhere near the others, would you? That’s cities for you! Turn a corner and you’re in another world. I took these photos this morning on a trip down memory lane. We’ve returned to Leeds for a couple of days to catch up with folk,Continue reading “A little nostalgia and introspection. Where the editing idea began.”

Is it ‘should of’ or ‘should have’? Eggsellent advice contained herein.

โ“ Why am I sharing this WhatsApp screenshot with you? 1๏ธโƒฃ To answer the question: what do proofreaders have for lunch? 2๏ธโƒฃ To demonstrate that I’m a proofreader with a winning sense of humour? 3๏ธโƒฃ To give my international followers a taste of a British classic, as good in flavour as it is in onomatopoeia?Continue reading “Is it ‘should of’ or ‘should have’? Eggsellent advice contained herein.”

Who[m] do you trust with advice for doing it yourself โ€“ decorating or self-editing?

Too many cooks spoil the broth? Too many decorating experts spoil the walls? Too many editors spoil the manuscript?! Yesterday I received decorating advice that sent my head into a spin. Shop worker: You want primer? Why? Tell me what you’re working on. Me: I’ve done a mist coat on newly dried plaster and I’mContinue reading “Who[m] do you trust with advice for doing it yourself โ€“ decorating or self-editing?”

What tools do proofreaders and editors use for accuracy and efficiency?

โ“ What are the power tools of your industry? Please expect lots of DIY analogies this week as I decorate my son’s room. We’ve gone right back to the bare bones and have had the room re-plastered. As the plaster dries, I’ve been getting on with sanding woodwork for some other jobs that need doing aroundContinue reading “What tools do proofreaders and editors use for accuracy and efficiency?”

Looking for a proofreader or editor with experience?

Remember when I crossed the one million words milestone? I’m almost at one and a half million. Please picture me saying this in a Dr Evil style. ๐Ÿ˜ What I’m not-very-subtly suggesting by posting this in front of you is that I’m experienced. I’ve edited and proofread lots of words. I could edit/proofread your words,Continue reading “Looking for a proofreader or editor with experience?”

I’m rolling with it. New editing availability. (And, while we’re on it, is it role or roll? Rollout or roll out?)

๐ŸŽช Role up. โŒ Roll up. โœ” Iโ€™m on a role. โŒ Over the last few years, Iโ€™ve gone from one day a week of editing, to two, and, from September, Iโ€™ll be up to three. ๐Ÿ‘ Go me! And a bonus #EagleEyedCherry #writingtip is to remind you of the different spellings and uses ofContinue reading “I’m rolling with it. New editing availability. (And, while we’re on it, is it role or roll? Rollout or roll out?)”

Looking for an editor who specialises in indie fiction?

Iโ€™m the editor for an indie author who has 41 books/series listed on Amazon. Iโ€™m the editor for an indie author whose day job is writing โ€“ itโ€™s not a side hustle. Iโ€™m the editor for my husband. I used to feel embarrassed saying that. I felt it took away some of the kudos ofContinue reading “Looking for an editor who specialises in indie fiction?”

Jon is 39! And continues to inspire me every day.

๐ŸŽ‰ 39 today! Time for a ๐Ÿ˜ post about the birthday boy, Jon Cronshaw. Despite many challenges, Jon is so driven. He has fallen on his feet with indie publishing. He loves being an author and having control of the various components really suits his Del Boy suite of skills picked up over the years.Continue reading “Jon is 39! And continues to inspire me every day.”