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Is it it’s or its?

𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀. I don’t mind admitting it took me far longer than it should have to learn this rule. I don’t remember anyone ever saying it to me as bluntly as this. ‘It’ (apostrophe) ‘s’ is only ever short for ‘it is’. And it confused me because it seemsContinue reading “Is it it’s or its?”

Yesterday’s top 3 #proofreading spots from a gritty fantasy novel that were missed by Word’s spellcheck or by ProWritingAid.

The three errors below cropped up during the course of yesterday’s edit. All the errors were missed by either Word or ProWritingAid or both. 1️⃣ 💎 He toyed with his feather earing. ❌ He toyed with his feather earring. ✔ In the Oxford English Dictionary, ear has more than one meaning. There’s the obvious oneContinue reading “Yesterday’s top 3 #proofreading spots from a gritty fantasy novel that were missed by Word’s spellcheck or by ProWritingAid.”

More satisfying proofreading spots that Word and AI grammar checkers did not flag.

aka I sell confidence 1. permitter ❌ ➡ perimeter ✔ The grammar checkers didn’t see an issue with this. Why? Because ‘permitter’ is one who permits. Was that what my author meant? Nope. He intended to say ‘perimeter’. 2. the closet person ❌ ➡ the closest person ✔ I suppose one could be a closetContinue reading “More satisfying proofreading spots that Word and AI grammar checkers did not flag.”

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

📢 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 publishing… 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.”

How do you find and remove unnecessary spaces at the start of new lines on Word?

The author I’m editing for at the moment has a tendency to add unnecessary spaces at the start of new lines – after a line break. Here’s a great way to find them and fix them. Use Ctrl+H and use this wildcard. ([^l|^13])( ) This will find them for you. And the second wildcard willContinue reading “How do you find and remove unnecessary spaces at the start of new lines on Word?”

Is it slither or sliver?

It’s cake central in my life at the moment. 😬🍰 (Big!) birthdays. Work events. Reconnecting with friends over coffee and cake. So I’ve got to be careful. I only want a small slice … (She says!) But what should I ask for? Check below to find out.

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!”

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