Cherry Edits: free 1000-word sample edit. Try before you buy.

❓ If you’ve never tried something, how do you know if it’s missing from your life? In Grace Dent’s column this week, she ponders whether she’ll ever be able to go back to ‘eat[ing] toast served in what feels like a working creche by someone wearing a singlet and displaying armpit hair’ 🀣when she canContinue reading “Cherry Edits: free 1000-word sample edit. Try before you buy.”

May 12th 2020. Fantasy novel: top proofreading spots.

πŸ”Ž Today’s top #proofreading spots from a fantasy novel. ❌ The tower rose in the distance, its height all the more impressiveness from her vantage point ➑️ impressive βœ… ❌ The creature’s wings billowed and caught on an updraft ➑️ updraught βœ… πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ ❌ Mystical plains ➑️ planes βœ… ❌ A minute or slater ➑️Continue reading “May 12th 2020. Fantasy novel: top proofreading spots.”

How do I get an en dash or an em dash on Word? Using alt codes.

❓ Do you know your alt codes? Alt+0150 – This is my favourite and I use this a lot: the en-dash, a dash the size of a letter N. It’s the one which Word often does automatically – when you hit the hyphen to move on to a different clause and, as if by magic,Continue reading “How do I get an en dash or an em dash on Word? Using alt codes.”

Is it immanent or imminent? Top proofreading spot.

πŸ”Ž Most satisfying #proofreading spot of the day: Immanent ➑️ imminent β›” Microsoft Word’s spellcheck did not recognise ‘immanent’ as being incorrect. Why not? πŸ’‘ Because ‘immanent’ is a word. It means “existing or operating within; inherent” (Google Dictionary definition). But the author of this #gamelit novel wanted ‘imminent’ as in “about to happen”. That’sContinue reading “Is it immanent or imminent? Top proofreading spot.”

My story: looking to the future.

#MyStory In 1300 characters, it’s hard to fit this in! So I’ll give the edited highlights and, for a different angle to this challenge, fast forward to an imagined future, five years from now. Affirmations written in the present tense, if you will. πŸ‘©β€πŸ« My story: love English and French. Went to Keele Uni toContinue reading “My story: looking to the future.”

Should I get a second monitor for my PC? Yes!

I treated myself to a second monitor and my efficiency shot up! πŸ–₯️πŸ–₯️ When I edit a manuscript, if my client doesn’t have a style sheet, I create one.πŸ“ƒ This one’s shared with the author’s permission: manuscript screen 1, style sheet screen 2–it’s so much easier. Whether fiction or non-fiction, I start by setting downContinue reading “Should I get a second monitor for my PC? Yes!”

How many words is your average edit?

πŸ“ˆ A positive of lockdown: I’ve increased my daily #editing word count. πŸ”’ Having just returned my second-longest manuscript to date two weeks ahead of schedule, I’ve done a bit of number crunching. πŸ”Ž While I’m not ready to share my daily word count, I will tell you a bit about what I do throughContinue reading “How many words is your average edit?”

March 23rd 2020. Puzzle book: top proofreading spots.

πŸ”Ž Today’s #proofreading spots are from a fascinating project I’ve been working on: a lateral-thinking puzzle disguised as a furniture catalogue. Errors shared with permission. ❌ inhance ➑️ enhance βœ… ❌ metalllic ➑️ metallic βœ… ❌ ubiqitous ➑️ ubiquitous βœ… ❌ fascimile ➑️ facsimile βœ… ❌ seperately ➑️ separately βœ… Problems like this can occurContinue reading “March 23rd 2020. Puzzle book: top proofreading spots.”

Should mum be capitalised? Should university be capitalised?

πŸ”Ž Mum or mum? University or university? In the manuscript I returned this weekend, one issue was the misplacement of capital letters in nouns such as the ones above. My client often opted for the uppercase option but that wasn’t always the correct call. β–ͺ️Keeping mum Whether to use uppercase or lowercase depends on whetherContinue reading “Should mum be capitalised? Should university be capitalised?”

Want a phone conversation to chat about your editing needs? That’s fine. And it’s also fine if you’d rather not!

We profess that email and messaging is so much more convenient than a phone call. But is it? I speak as someone who almost always uses email. But I had a business phone conversation this week and it was so successful that it has made me reflect. There’s a lot of to-ing and fro-ing withContinue reading “Want a phone conversation to chat about your editing needs? That’s fine. And it’s also fine if you’d rather not!”