Come in. The water’s fine. How working with an editor can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

I reckon signing up with an editor must be like looking at the sea and deciding whether you want to dive in. It could be amazing. It might be awful. I shared with you recently that the next six — now eight! — months are looking really decent for me work-wise. All fiction. Perfect. AllContinue reading “Come in. The water’s fine. How working with an editor can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be that way.”

How 2022 was the year that changed everything. My editing journey.

It’s the end of the year and I’m going to be self-indulgent and reflect on the fact that this was the year that changed everything. Early in 2022, I had a financial story session with Mahmood Reza. We worked out that if I scaled up the editing work I’d been doing part-time, I would beContinue reading “How 2022 was the year that changed everything. My editing journey.”

The best non-fiction I’ve read this year: ‘Dialogue’ by Robert McKee

Ah, this was much harder to decide. But here’s my top NON-FICTION read of the year. (Though I’m not enamoured with your cover, Mr McKee.) I’ve also read McKee’s popular ‘Story’, but I found this one better. It’s less pretentious. More actionable. And thoroughly entertaining. It seems I love learning from non-fiction books with aContinue reading “The best non-fiction I’ve read this year: ‘Dialogue’ by Robert McKee”

The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden: An excellent reminder that motivation comes once you start doing something, not before.

I think about this book often. I finished it a year ago, my phone reminds me. And the messages in the book have definitely stayed with me. Lines like this are brilliant: ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐˜, ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜. ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธContinue reading “The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden: An excellent reminder that motivation comes once you start doing something, not before.”

New service: manuscript assessments.

Early last month, I wrote a post about signing a contract with a client to do my first manuscript assessment. Anyway, it went well! I’m really pleased with this testimonial. Honestly, even though it was my first one, I didn’t find it a difficult task. It took me a while, yes, as I was overthinkingContinue reading “New service: manuscript assessments.”

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?”

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

๐Ÿ˜Ž I try to be coolโ€ฆ but marketing can be cringy. ๐Ÿ“† Iโ€™ve set myself the challenge this week of using client testimonials as part of a marketing push. Thatโ€™s such a lie. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ The reality is Iโ€™d set myself the challenge of sharing social proof three weeks ago โ€“ 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.”

Cherry Edits: available for samples, blogs and short stories this spring/summer. Full-length novel edits from September. Here’s why.

๐Ÿ˜… And breathe. I’ve just got to the end of a seven-month, back-to-back stint of client work for various #indieauthors. It’s been amazing. But I’ve deliberately not taken any novel-length bookings for the next couple of months*. Here’s why: 1๏ธโƒฃ I need some time to work on my business. I’ve got the editing and proofreadingContinue reading “Cherry Edits: available for samples, blogs and short stories this spring/summer. Full-length novel edits from September. Here’s why.”

What is proofreading and what is it not?

In a couple of different places online, I posted the instruction to fill in the blank. ๐Ÿ“ข When I send off my book to a proofreader, I expect that proofreader to ____________. ๐Ÿ˜… Now, that’s the thing with social media. You don’t always get back what you anticipated. I could have put it into contextContinue reading “What is proofreading and what is it not?”