The difference between proofreading and developmental editing

I recently tweeted about this, so I thought I’d share my thoughts here as well. Although I’m both a proofreader as well as a developmental editor, these are two very different roles. For example, as a developmental editor, I’m looking at the big picture and asking myself questions such as: Is the story engaging andContinue reading The difference between proofreading and developmental editing

Is self-publishing faster and easier than traditional publishing?

I recently corresponded with a newer author who was looking to self-publish her book-length memoir. The reason? She believed it would be faster and easier to get her book into the world if she went the self-publishing route. She informed me that she herself had worked as an editor, albeit some time ago, and soContinue reading “Is self-publishing faster and easier than traditional publishing?”

Editorial summer school

It’s been a long, hot summer here in London. With Coronavirus cases still too high for me to feel safe going out much or travelling, I decided to spend my summer focusing on building my editorial skills. Over the last couple of months, I attended several educational webcasts run by ACES: The Society for Editing,Continue reading “Editorial summer school”

Editorial musings: The value (cost?) of editing

Editing can be expensive. I know, I’m both an editor and an author who has been edited. If you’re an independent self-publisher then, ideally, your book will go through a developmental edit as well as a line edit, copyedit and a proofread (or some combination thereof). Furthermore, each of these stages could include more thanContinue reading “Editorial musings: The value (cost?) of editing”

The writing and editing process for self-publishers

I often receive queries from newer writers who are unsure of how to go about the writing process, or of how editing works. At what stage in the writing process should a writer seek out an editor? What does the editor actually do? What kind of editing do they need and what does that mean?Continue reading “The writing and editing process for self-publishers”

February reflections: On new directions

I’ve had a quiet start to 2020. This isn’t all bad though as it’s given me space to think about new directions. Reflecting on my editing business, I want to make some changes. I want to be able to offer indie writers more creative support. This is why I created a few different developmental editingContinue reading “February reflections: On new directions”

Happy Halloween!

Have you written a mystery/suspense, dark fantasy or ghost story? If you have and you’re in need of developmental editing, then you could be in luck. To celebrate Halloween, I’m offering a limited discount on my editing services for writers of mysteries/suspense, dark fantasy and ghost stories, or any story that contains a creepy elementContinue reading “Happy Halloween!”

Kerrie McKinnel’s article on writing short stories

Lockerbie based writer and workshop tutor Kerrie McKinnel recently published an article on short story writing with top tips from published and established writers. I’m pleased to say I was one of the contributors. If you’d like to read the article, here’s the link: Are you ready to start discussing your project’s editing requirements?Continue reading “Kerrie McKinnel’s article on writing short stories”

Interviewed by Leslie Tate

I was recently interviewed by the talented author and poet Leslie Tate about my work as a developmental editor. You can read the interview here: Are you ready to start discussing your project’s editing requirements? If so, please email me at: I look forward to hearing from you!