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 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”

From Writer to Editor–my journey

Today I’m over on talking about my experience of being edited and how (and why) I chose to become an editor. You can read the post 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!

One author’s experience of choosing a title and cover for their self-published short story collection

Over on my reading and writing blog, I’m featuring a guest post by self-published mystery author Virginia King on how she chose the title and cover for her latest short story collection, Leaving Birds. I found it helpful and interesting to hear about how she approached the process. I hope you do too. Authors,Continue reading “One author’s experience of choosing a title and cover for their self-published short story collection”