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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: πŸ’― 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. β¬‡οΈ

πŸ“ 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. — πŸ”Š 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. β¬‡οΈ”

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

πŸ’‘ Microsoft Word does not recognise ‘welk’ as a typo. πŸ”Ž 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.” βœ… “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.”

Is it Hallowe’en or Halloween?

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

Why POV matters in fiction. And what resources can you recommend for the study of narrative point of view?

πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“ Narrative point of view is a fascinating area of study. I don’t (yet) offer developmental edits but it’s important that I understand the stages above/before copyediting so that any flaws which remain in the text (such as head hopping or broken binding) can be flagged for the author’s consideration. As I study this stuff,Continue reading “Why POV matters in fiction. And what resources can you recommend for the study of narrative point of view?”

Write a novel to create assets for your future. National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner.

πŸ‘‹ Hey, you. Creative person in your 30s. You know you’ve been thinking about writing a book… But, you’re in your 30s… You’d better get serious now. And throwing yourself into a made-up world of moonlit romances does not seem all that serious. And your mum keeps asking if you’ve started saving for your future…Continue reading “Write a novel to create assets for your future. National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner.”

Is it took or taken? Spoke or spoken? Broke or broken? Using past participles correctly.

πŸ“Έ Your photo will be took by one of our team. ❌ Your photo will be taken by one of our team. βœ… See also: πŸ—£οΈ I have spoke to her about it. ❌ I have spoken to her about it. βœ… πŸ–¨οΈ The printer was broke. ❌ The printer was broken. βœ… 🚦In spokenContinue reading “Is it took or taken? Spoke or spoken? Broke or broken? Using past participles correctly.”

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