Image by Pixabay: https://pixabay.com/photos/wind-rose-north-east-west-south-1209398/ (I chose this image as I think it represents all the myriad decisions an author has to make regarding their work.) 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 … Continue reading Is self-publishing faster and easier than traditional publishing?
Yellow rose. Credit: Kendra Olson 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 … Continue reading Editorial summer school
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, copy-edit and a proofread (or some combination thereof). Furthermore, each of these stages could include more than … Continue reading Editorial musings: The value (cost?) of editing
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
Back in February, I promised it wouldn’t be quite so long between blog posts. Then, the coronavirus (CoVID-19) happened and everything veered off track. While some people suddenly found they had much more time on their hands, this wasn’t my experience.The week of 9th March was the week before I was due to travel to … Continue reading May reflections: On the coronavirus and coping
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 editing … Continue reading February reflections: On new directions
When I started this blog, I intended to post more regularly than I actually have. I would like to say that life got in the way, and that would be true, but I think I also got in my own way. As this blog is part of my editing business, it felt like everything I … Continue reading On Fear
Image by Pexel at Pixabay. 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 … Continue reading Happy Halloween!
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: https://kerriemckinnel.com/2019/05/22/how-to-write-a-short-story-5-top-tips-from-published-writers/
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: https://leslietate.com/2018/10/5984/