Have you ‘tried your hand’ at writing a book? Let me help you polish it up.

I was asked whether I wanted to take advantage of some free advertising on morecambeandmore.com. I said yes. ๐Ÿ˜ Emily Ward who is in charge of the website asked me for a photo and my logo plus the link to my website. She then wrote a brief intro and made this super-looking directory entry forContinue reading “Have you ‘tried your hand’ at writing a book? Let me help you polish it up.”

I’m editing a post-apoc novel this month. What are you up to?

๐ŸŽ‰ September — let’s go! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ”Ž๐Ÿ”ฅ I’m editing a post-apoc novel this month. โ“What else is on my agenda? Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) conference which I am very much looking forward to. Best value-for-money CPD hands down Accountability group meeting to check-in with my fellow editorial professionals to see how we areContinue reading “I’m editing a post-apoc novel this month. What are you up to?”

When and why I changed career direction.

My mother-in-lawโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‚ No, this isnโ€™t the start of a Les Dawson joke. My mother-in-law may not remember this but she once said to me that I was institutionalised. It was a while ago now and it was something she said when we were talking about careers. She didnโ€™t say it in malice. It wasnโ€™tContinue reading “When and why I changed career direction.”

Looking for a proofreader or editor with experience?

Remember when I crossed the one million words milestone? I’m almost at one and a half million. Please picture me saying this in a Dr Evil style. ๐Ÿ˜ What I’m not-very-subtly suggesting by posting this in front of you is that I’m experienced. I’ve edited and proofread lots of words. I could edit/proofread your words,Continue reading “Looking for a proofreader or editor with experience?”

Looking for an editor who specialises in indie fiction?

Iโ€™m the editor for an indie author who has 41 books/series listed on Amazon. Iโ€™m the editor for an indie author whose day job is writing โ€“ itโ€™s not a side hustle. Iโ€™m the editor for my husband. I used to feel embarrassed saying that. I felt it took away some of the kudos ofContinue reading “Looking for an editor who specialises in indie fiction?”

What are the best writing-craft podcasts for fiction authors?

Five great writing-craft podcasts for fiction authors. Learning to write fiction can be an overwhelming experience. I hope today that I can make that process less overwhelming. With so many books and courses on writing craft out there, the biggest challenge is sometimes knowing where to find the time to learn. By listening to aContinue reading “What are the best writing-craft podcasts for fiction authors?”

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

๐Ÿ˜ I’ve just renewed my membership of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) for another year. โ“ 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.) ๐ŸŽฉ I used to have one big hat. I put it on in 2005. It was comfortable and suited me. Iโ€™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. ๐ŸŽบ 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?”