Removing my invisibility cloak: I’m Claire Cronshaw and I am an editor. Who are you and what are you working on right now?

Check out this article. Indie authors. You want to be seen. For the sake of your books, you need visibility. But. But… Talking about fear and wanting to stay hidden, Laura says: “That part of me exists for a reason, because it was once useful and it’s familiar. I can’t cut it loose, I can’tContinue reading “Removing my invisibility cloak: I’m Claire Cronshaw and I am an editor. Who are you and what are you working on right now?”

What are the benefits of CIEP membership? (Chartered Insitute of Editing and Proofreading)

😁 I’ve just renewed my membership of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) for another year. ❓ What do I get out of my membership? – Access to forums to tap into the hive mind of my editorial colleagues – Opportunities for work from the IM Available list – Discounted training opportunities (*theContinue reading “What are the benefits of CIEP membership? (Chartered Insitute of Editing and Proofreading)”

Does the hat fit? My journey to setting up my own editing business.

Get ahead. Get a hat (that fits.) 🎩 I used to have one big hat. I put it on in 2005. It was comfortable and suited me. I’d wear it from 7am until bedtime. It sometimes looked a bit dishevelled, but time unworn in the holidays would spruce it up. About five years ago, theContinue reading “Does the hat fit? My journey to setting up my own editing business.”

Zoom has broadened my horizons and opportunities.

I’ve joined in more events this year than ever. Video conferencing has been the saviour of 2020. I’d done the odd Zoom before but I’ve at least quadrupled my video conferencing experience this year. And I think it’s marvellous. I mean, yeah, Zoom fatigue is a thing, but it’s just such an inclusive technology. IContinue reading “Zoom has broadened my horizons and opportunities.”

How can an accountability group help me achieve my goals?

I’m going to blow my own trumpet and reflect that, career-wise, 2020 has gone well. 🎺 This is in no small part due to the motivating coaching call I had with Lisa Carlin back in May. As soon as I came off the Zoom, I sent out feelers to a few others in the sameContinue reading “How can an accountability group help me achieve my goals?”

My career path may have changed, but words are still at the heart of it.

Words. Words. Words. πŸ₯° At 18, I wasn’t ready to move to a city university. I was a country girl. Keele Uni with its rural campus was the ideal solution and offered me the useful bonus of dual honours. I loved English lit and French and I didn’t know which one to pick, so IContinue reading “My career path may have changed, but words are still at the heart of it.”

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.”

How can I teach myself to spell? (You’ve just got to get on with it!)

Flannal ❌ Deodorent ❌ Lables ❌ πŸ’¬ 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. πŸ›„ 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!)”

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?”