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What to do after you think your manuscript is ready

I’ve finished my first draft, so now I need a proofreader. It is the email that makes my heart sink. Yes, I know you have put a lot of effort into getting this far. But no, I’m not in the … Continue reading

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Tightening your prose

When you write the first draft, often your main concern is getting the material out of your head & onto the page. It is hard to think about how you are writing. Whether everything just flows out, or whether it … Continue reading

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Cutting unnecessary words

When writing the first draft, most of us focus on getting information onto the page. Whether the words just flow out, or whether we are struggling to string the concepts together, extra words creep in. These extra words add nothing … Continue reading

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Top 5 ways authors sabotage their own book

Here is a post that looks at some of the myths about editing, and how some authors hide behind those myths to sabotage their book‘s chances of success. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Why there is no such thing as a quick proofread

Do people ever try to persuade you to take on a task by telling you that this job will only take five minutes? How often is that true? I reckon that a “five minute” job will take at least half … Continue reading

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So you think you have finished a novel…

There are still some people think that once you have typed “The End” the job of an author is done. I have stopped being surprised when people tell me their book only needs proofreading, because they have been through it … Continue reading

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Why do you need a copy editor?

Some people these days think that editors are a thing of the past. With all the help you get with grammar and spelling from software like Word, why do you need to pay someone to look through your work? Because … Continue reading

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Confused about beta readers?

Editors and beta readers are different people, doing different jobs. Some people think beta readers are a substitute for editors. You can usually spot that in the final product. Find out about the difference here. Visit my websites via the … Continue reading

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What a writer can learn from a room full of editors

Last month, the Society of Editors and Proofreaders met for their annual conference.  Here is one delegate’s summary of what information a writer might have picked up at the event. Visit my websites via the links at the top of … Continue reading

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The partnership between an author and an editor

This discussion of the relationship between authors & editors is more sensible than its title suggests. Starting with how to train your author, and using words like adversary doesn’t fit with my experience of the process. I think the fundamental message is … Continue reading

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