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...