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...

TMI: Info-dumping and backstories

Welcome to the second part of my series on developing characters in your novel. In my first blog (available here if you haven’t seen it), I discussed the importance of character motivation, and how to make your characters’ actions believable and...