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!”

Is it me, myself or I? The correct use of first person pronouns.

Sara Rosinsky’s wisdom needs to be shared widely. I’d like to add that the same goes for the word ‘myself’. Subjects: Jessica and myself have organised a workshop. ❌Jessica and I have organised a workshop. ✅ Objects: Please address all enquiries to myself. ❌Please address all enquires to me. ✅ I love Sara’s phrasing: ‘DespiteContinue reading “Is it me, myself or I? The correct use of first person pronouns.”

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?”

Is it to faze or to phase?

😳 To faze = the verb you’re looking for when someone is rattled. Often we use it to report that we weren’t flustered. 👍 I wasn’t fazed. ✅ And that’s correct. ❌ Step away from the use of ‘phased’ for this intended meaning. ❌ ‘I wasn’t phased’ is incorrect. 😳 Faze = (verb) to disconcert/discombobulateContinue reading “Is it to faze or to phase?”

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!”

Q. How do I get my book finished this year? A. Read this. ⬇️

📍 Why booking a slot with me will help you finish your novel. Have you decided 2022 is the year you’ll finish and publish your book? I can help you make that happen. — 🔊 I’m partway through listening to Robert B. Cialdini Ph.D’s book, Influence. A scenario he shares about a woman who wantedContinue reading “Q. How do I get my book finished this year? A. Read this. ⬇️”

Is it everyday or every day?

❓ Do you use the word ‘commonplace’ or one of its synonyms often? From time to time, I’m sure. You sometimes need to say that things are usual or ordinary. But my gut feeling is that you use the phrase ‘every day’ more regularly. ✅ I brush my teeth every day. ✅ I check myContinue reading “Is it everyday or every day?”

Is welk a word? It’s an archaic one. But, if you’re after the sea snail, that’s whelk.

💡 Microsoft Word does not recognise ‘welk’ as a typo. 🔎 But I spotted it. 🐌 The author meant ‘whelk’ as in the seafood, sea snail thing. ❌ “Tall ships rocked on their moorings as a woman selling cockles and welks wended between sailors.” ✅ “Tall ships rocked on their moorings as a woman sellingContinue reading “Is welk a word? It’s an archaic one. But, if you’re after the sea snail, that’s whelk.”

What is the daily word count for NaNoWriMo? (1667. You’ve got this.)

Hello November. 🎇 And happy NaNoWriMo to all the indie authors out there. Hopefully this month will be transformational for you. Remember once the month is over to look back and say to yourself: — In November, I didn’t wait for the Muse. I just got on with it. — This is the start ofContinue reading “What is the daily word count for NaNoWriMo? (1667. You’ve got this.)”

Is it Hallowe’en or Halloween?

🎃 Happy Halloween. Or should that be Happy Hallowe’en? 🎃 happy halloween? Or happy hallowe’en? Or some other rendering? It looks to me like the apostrophe is becoming rarer. 🔎 ‘The Chicago Manual of Style’ goes with Halloween. (CMOS 8.89) 🔎 ‘New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors’ accepts either Hallowe’en or Halloween. 🔎 ‘Collins DictionaryContinue reading “Is it Hallowe’en or Halloween?”