Your book is your baby – so find the right babysitter!

The author–editor relationship: an analogy: 👶 “I’m so proud of my book baby!” 🎂 “Happy book birthday!” I see a lot of authors using the baby metaphor to describe their books. I can definitely see why. All that time. All that nurturing. And that uncanny reflection where you see parts of yourself staring straight backContinue reading “Your book is your baby – so find the right babysitter!”

Save The Cat! Writes a Novel. A great book about story structure. Have you read it?

🤩 I’ll tell you what I’m loving about Save the Cat! Writes a Novel so far: 📚 the examples. The novels which are referenced to back up the claims about story structure. There’s a really nice balance in the selection of texts across genres, styles, eras, audiences. It’s just a stroke of luck that IContinue reading “Save The Cat! Writes a Novel. A great book about story structure. Have you read it?”

Looking for a proofreader/editor who is experienced at working with indie authors? That’s me!

I’ve just been crunching some numbers. 📈 In 2021, I had: 1️⃣3️⃣ editing jobs. Of these: 8️⃣ were indie author clients 4️⃣ were business clients and 1️⃣ was an academic client. My word count for the year was 581,191. Not bad considering that’s been part-time. 94% of the words I proofread/edited belonged to indie authorContinue reading “Looking for a proofreader/editor who is experienced at working with indie authors? That’s me!”

Do you attend a creative writing group?

I’ve spent the afternoon at a creative writing group in Morecambe. I really enjoyed the writing prompts and exercises. 1) A piece of free writing based on the word of the day — travail. 2) A first lines auction. This was a great idea. Everyone writes an opening line (to a poem, piece of prose,Continue reading “Do you attend a creative writing group?”

How do I find motivation to tick things off my to-do list? I tell my accountability group I’m going to do them.

I’m currently ticking off my last couple of January goals. 🎯 I said I’d contact eight publishers in Jan. So far I’ve done five, so I’ll do another three today. 🎯 I said I’d attend an in-person creative writing group in Jan. So I’m going to one this afternoon. “I said I’d…” refers to theContinue reading “How do I find motivation to tick things off my to-do list? I tell my accountability group I’m going to do them.”

What is Parkinson’s Law? Knowing this helps me to be a more efficient editor.

⏰ “It is a commonplace observation that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Cyril Northcote Parkinson, The Economist,1955. I gave myself the morning off today and I’m really glad I did. It’s been a mad few weeks and yesterday evening when I hit send on this month’s main editingContinue reading “What is Parkinson’s Law? Knowing this helps me to be a more efficient editor.”

Cherry Edits: making in-roads with traditional publishers.

That’s the proofreading test done for the big ol’ publisher. 🤞 It’s just over two years since I finished P3, my third CIEP training course. And it was noticeable this weekend as I was finishing off the test sample how much more confident I felt than when I did the final course exercises at theContinue reading “Cherry Edits: making in-roads with traditional publishers.”

How writing could help you if you’re feeling stuck.

Feeling stuck? Do some writing. (Or basket weaving or something. Whatever suits. 😁) Caught two minutes of the Steven Bartlett podcast and learnt a cool thing that I’d never thought about before. Well, I have, but not quite in such straightforward terms. Mel Robbins (? — I will look her up…) was talking about peopleContinue reading “How writing could help you if you’re feeling stuck.”

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?”