Indie authors: I’m making in-roads with publishers and that will benefit you too.

One of the Big Five traditional publishers has asked me to do a proofreading test. If I’m successful, I will hopefully be added to their freelance pool. The sample is from a fiction manuscript.  It’s typeset and will need marking up with PDF tools. It’s ‘proper’ proofreading. As in, it does what it says onContinue reading “Indie authors: I’m making in-roads with publishers and that will benefit you too.”

How do you concentrate on more than one book at once?

❓’How do you stop yourself getting drawn into the novel and staying in the proofreading zone?’ I was asked this question on LinkedIn the other day when I said I was proofreading a thriller, and it got me thinking… I find it pretty straightforward to compartmentalise what I’m reading. I always have several books onContinue reading “How do you concentrate on more than one book at once?”

I enjoy flexing my imagination at creative writing groups. Do you?

I attended Shap writing group again yesterday, this time on Zoom. My second time joining in and it was a lot of fun. There are some proper characters in the group. I mean that with affection. 😊 Like the first time I met them and one of them said he lives near the house whichContinue reading “I enjoy flexing my imagination at creative writing groups. Do you?”

What’s it like working with me? Check out this testimonial.

🎉 A new testimonial. This has kindly been sent to me by S. A. Houghton, author of ‘A Father’s Love’. “Claire was recommended to me by another author, and boy am I glad. I am a first time author so there was quite a lot of work to be done. Still, Claire was able toContinue reading “What’s it like working with me? Check out this testimonial.”

Should you read The War of Art to help you get past writer’s block? After careful consideration: Yes!

I read it in a day. Many people had recommended it to me. Will I recommend it to you…? 😬😅 Well… Yes. It’s certainly something. Definitely some thought-provoking ideas in there. I think ‘provocative’ is probably a good word for it. What did it provoke in me? Moments of absolute agreement Mind-blown realisations Moments ofContinue reading “Should you read The War of Art to help you get past writer’s block? After careful consideration: Yes!”

Key message in The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday: stoicism rocks!

So I listened to The Obstacle Is The Way over a couple of days. Finished it while cooking New Year lunch. Unbelievable that Ryan Holiday was 26 when he wrote this. Clever so-and-so! This is what happens when someone reads ALL the books. Great interview with Tim Ferriss at the end as well. Key themes:Continue reading “Key message in The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday: stoicism rocks!”

What are your goals for 2022? Mine are theme-based.

⚠️ Entering betwixtmas zone. That strange time of reflection, looking back over the weirdness of 2021. And looking forward to what 2022 may bring. It’s the same for me, for sure. 🎯 Every success comes with a double pat on the back due to being completed in a time of weirdness. 😬 Every ‘failure’ comesContinue reading “What are your goals for 2022? Mine are theme-based.”

Looking for an editor with industry-recognised training credentials? That’s me.

👩‍🎓 Course done and dusted. I really feel this CIEP fiction course has supercharged the next steps of my career development. I will probably still call myself a proofreader. This is the most common subject line for indie authors contacting me. And some people do want a proofread, as in the final spit and polish,Continue reading “Looking for an editor with industry-recognised training credentials? That’s me.”

Yesterday I attended a creative writing group. Do you go to one?

📸 You know when you’ve been somewhere so often that it doesn’t even cross your mind to take a photo? That’s the case with me and Shap, Cumbria. 🐑🚗🐑 I’ve just scrolled through my photos to see whether I had anything I could use to illustrate my post and it’s slim pickings. Just this oneContinue reading “Yesterday I attended a creative writing group. Do you go to one?”

I made a mistake this week. Indie authors and newbie editors: read about my experience to help your author–editor relationships be on a firm footing.

⚖️ To provide some balance to the smugness which might inadvertently come across when I post on this account, I want to tell you about something that didn’t work out this week.  🙃 And I’m ok with that. I wrote recently that my sample to signed contract conversion rate is really healthy. It still is.Continue reading “I made a mistake this week. Indie authors and newbie editors: read about my experience to help your author–editor relationships be on a firm footing.”