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?”

Do you need a space between the number and the symbol in percentages? That’s where the Chigago Manual of Style comes in handy!

My buddy for today’s work. To be a good proofreader and editor, you don’t need to know everything. You just need to know what to look up and where. Armed with this book, Google and editorial buddies, I can find the answers to life’s big questions like: 💯 Should there be a space between theContinue reading “Do you need a space between the number and the symbol in percentages? That’s where the Chigago Manual of Style comes in handy!”

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 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.”

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.”

How do I get some work with traditional publishers?

👋 Hey, publishers. I’m Claire. Nice to make your acquaintance. [That’s not how I started my emails. Perhaps I should have…] As per my November targets, I’ve contacted four traditional publishers to try to get some freelance proofreading/copyediting work. So far, that’s two education publishers and two fiction ones. There are LOADS listed in thisContinue reading “How do I get some work with traditional publishers?”

Looking for someone to edit your indie fiction novel?

Me: It’s crazy how many more enquiries I’m getting now. Seems to have really ramped up. Jon: Not really. You’re working on it an extra day a week. That’s a day extra for marketing and putting yourself out there. *️⃣*️⃣*️⃣ I suppose that’s true. Whatever is going on, whether it’s simply time, or self-belief, orContinue reading “Looking for someone to edit your indie fiction novel?”

Do you need to prepare a sample for a literary agent? I can help you do that.

🆕 New service. I will edit the first ~10000 words of your manuscript to help you get it ready for literary agents. I’ve done this for a fantasy–romance author this week and it has been such a satisfying experience. It’s really important to impress the agent with clarity and precision of expression. Alongside the usualContinue reading “Do you need to prepare a sample for a literary agent? I can help you do that.”