Hello, world!

It’s been quite a long time since my last blog, and I wish I had a better excuse other than life just getting away from me! I’ve had a very busy few months and it seemed that every time I sat down to write a blog, something (or someone) would pull my attention away...

Going global

Today saw the launch of a new venture I am involved in: Editing Globally. It’s an international collective of like-minded editors (five of us) who have decided to team up to offer a huge range of editorial services to clients. Today has been a real whirlwind of...

The 27th annual SfEP conference

It’s been a couple of days since I returned from my second SfEP (Society for Editors and Proofreaders) conference, and I’ve just about regained the power of speech, although I can’t guarantee this blog will make 100% sense (but when do they ever?!). As expected, I...

Editing is just using spell check, right?

Random person: Oh you’re an editor? That means you correct mistakes, right? Can’t a spell-checker do that? I read a book and spotted a typo once; maybe I should be an editor! *chortle, guffaw, splutter* Me: *pleasant smile while my soul is dying*  Sure, when I edit...

Imposter syndrome and editing

I’ve been inspired to write this blog after a few discussions online in various editing groups over the last few weeks. It’s come to my attention that something is rife among my editing colleagues – and it doesn’t seem to care if you’ve been editing for three days or...

Making mistooks

There’s no feeling quite like it. Full of excitement and anticipation, you open the first proper copy of your new book. And immediately, you spot a typo. Believe me: if you feel bad, spare a thought for your poor editor. We hate mistakes. It’s our job to stop...

Finding the right editor for you

Finding an editor is easy. Finding the right editor is another matter entirely. You’ve probably done your fair share of googling, had a look around various forums, maybe had a peek at social media, but you’re already overwhelmed. It’s hardly surprising – there are a...

Sample edits: Yay or nay?

Full disclaimer: I offer free sample edits of around 800–1,000 words to potential customers. But is this working for free or is it an investment? To some editors, the idea of offering a sample edit for free just isn’t for them and they believe their qualifications and...

It’s going to cost HOW much?!

It’s the $64billion question (not literally in my case, unless you have a really long book): how much is this going to cost? It’s a simple question, but it’s the one most consumers hate asking, and the one many business owners hate answering....

Dealing with downtime

While it’s every freelancer’s dream to have a full schedule and be able to turn work away, for many of us there are times where there are gaps in our schedule. Perhaps a scheduled piece of work doesn’t turn up on time; perhaps you finish something...