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.”

What’s the best book to read if you want to write a novel?

This is a wonderful book. I love the examples given. The texts she chooses to exemplify structural elements span a wide range of genres. And she happens to have chosen loads I’ve read too so that made it extra engaging. I tried for a while to plot out my own ideas against the structure given.Continue reading “What’s the best book to read if you want to write a novel?”

If you want an insight into what it takes to get a book to print, read the acknowledgements.

๐Ÿ“ข New writers. Have you studied the acknowledgements? If you follow me on social media, you may have seen yesterday I suggested The Editing Podcast is an excellent port of call for those wanting advice on the various components of publishingโ€ฆ May I also suggest you check out the acknowledgements sections of the books youContinue reading “If you want an insight into what it takes to get a book to print, read the acknowledgements.”

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?”

Looking for an experienced editor with a specialism in fantasy or romance?

Iโ€™m Claire Cronshaw and I cannot tell you how proud I am of this reel. These are all books Iโ€™ve worked on. Every author on here is an indie. And they have contracted me to either line edit, copy edit or proofread their work. Itโ€™s an absolute privilege to be a part of their publishingContinue reading “Looking for an experienced editor with a specialism in fantasy or romance?”

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.”

How to feel a sense of community within the writing world: connect with local authors.

I don’t know why it took me so long… *** Switching career and going to solo freelancing (from working in depts of usually 10+ staff), I didn’t want to find myself isolated. One way I’ve made sure this doesn’t happen is by becoming an active participant in the bookish community. When that bookish community isContinue reading “How to feel a sense of community within the writing world: connect with local authors.”

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?”