Can you have the perfect manuscript?

Is getting your manuscript perfect stopping you from moving forwards with it? Is a fear of it “not being right” preventing you from submitting to agents and publishers or even self-publishing?
Here’s why the dream of “perfection” might be holding you back and why good enough, is good enough.

Saying too much

Writers, whether experienced or new, frequently come across this problem. It’s easily done, I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of doing it. What is it? Overwriting. In this post, we’ll take a look at how to identify and remove instances of overwriting from your manuscript.

How to understand my editing

Editors and proofreaders all work ever so slightly differently, especially when working with Word documents. Here is a quick guide to what all the marks on your manuscript mean. If there’s anything that doesn’t make sense, is confusing, or you are unsure of, always ask. I am always happy to answer questions.

On LGBTQ+ Editing: The importance of it all.

In this final part, we’ll look at why LGBTQ+ editing is so important and what you can do if you’re not an expert. In this miniseries we have explored LGBTQ+ characters and language. If you haven’t already, take a look at the previous posts and subscribe to get all the latest blog posts direct to your inbox.

Self-publishing skills: Editing

This is the second in a series of blog posts about the skills you need to become a self-published writer. Make sure you subscribe to or follow the blog to get all the latest updates, tips and articles. In last post, I said it’s best not to edit as you write. So, we should probablyContinue reading “Self-publishing skills: Editing”

Fact in fiction

Just because the characters and the story have come from your imagination, there is still a place for fact in fiction. Getting that right is key – and is also just one of a number of things that your editor will be checking.

It depends …

Often, as an editor, I’m asked about what’s right. People assume that there are rules, after all, language can’t be completely random can it?

Well, very often there is no right answer. It depends!