The weather: cliché or clever? Here’s some hints about deciding what to do with meteorological conditions in your fiction writing.Continue reading “Whatever the weather”
Ask any freelancer, be it editorial or another profession, and they will tell you how hard it can be. But they’ll tell you as many reasons for going freelance.
There’s no doubting that freelancing is tough: no guarantees, no certainty and no security if it all goes wrong. But freelancing is incredibly liberating. Choosing when to work, where to work, how much to do.
You send me your manuscript … then what? What do you get afterwards?
What I return to you depends on what level of editing you have asked for. In this blog post, I’ll break down what you get from the different editing services that I provide. Not sure what you need? This blog post may help.Continue reading “What do you get?”
One of the most frequently asked questions is: how long should my book be? This week, we’ll look at length (keep the jokes to yourself!).
The simple answer is: as long as it needs to be!Continue reading “How much should I write?”
This is going to be a little different from my normal blog posts. An occasional series of blogs, charting my journey to self-publishing. This isn’t my first self-publishing adventure: I first published in 2016. But now, having done lots of editorial training, I’m going back and re-releasing my first book.Continue reading “My self-publishing journey: part one”
Anything made up is fiction. Anything with facts is non-fiction. So what exactly is creative non-fiction and why does it need editing in the same ways as fiction?Continue reading “What is creative non-fiction?”
You’re a self-publishing author? You’re on a limited budget. You want to make the most of editing and proofreading.
Here are five simple ways that you can do to make the most of any editorial experience.Continue reading “How to save money and make your editor or proofreader happy”
Oh no! I’ve just realised that for the last eighteen chapters of misspelt the London Borough of Haringey as Harringay (a district within that same borough – it’s just asking for trouble isn’t it!).
So, once I’ve uttered some profanities, correctly spelt and hyphenated, I’m going to need to go through my manuscript and change them all. Each one. By hand.Continue reading “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”
We all know that names need capital letters. My name is Nick. See, there’s the capital ‘N’. I’m so important that I get a capital letter at the beginning of my name. That’s an easy example but it’s not always straightforward.Continue reading “Doing it proper: using capitals properly for people”
Genre is a lovely way for your local bookshop, library or internet retailer to classify and sort books. But as a writer, does genre really matter? Does worrying about genre mean you will pigeonhole yourself?Continue reading “Genre: Does it matter?”