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Book Review: The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham

June 19th, 2020 by Jane Turner

Today, reviewing a recent read, The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham. Blurb: They thought the Sturm were dead. They were wrong. Centuries after their defeat, the enemy has returned with an overwhelming attack on the fringes of human space. On the brink of annihilation, humankind’s only hope is a few brave souls who survived the […]

Call for Submissions: Bayou Wolf Press

June 12th, 2020 by Jane Turner

Bayou Wolf Press is calling for submissions! Check out their website or Twitter. As their site says: Bayou Wolf Press was built out of a mixture of hard work, frustration, hope, rejection, passion, Count of Monte Cristo-style revenge fantasies, and too many Cadbury Mini Eggs. We’re starting out as each other’s editors and publishing team, […]

Order of Adjectives

June 10th, 2020 by Jane Turner

The Royal Order of Adjectives is instinctive for most writers – but well worth understanding.   Did you know there are specific rules as to the order of adjectives in writing? This is one of those largely unspoken rules – so unspoken that I’m not surprised how many writers don’t know about it. Yes, there […]

Book Review: Bothy Tales by John D Burns

May 28th, 2020 by Jane Turner

Bothy Tales by John D Burns was an impulse purchase, based on my love of Scotland and the excellent reviews I’d seen. I’m very glad to say that it didn’t disappoint.   Blurb: ‘I can move only with the aid of barrels of anti-inflammatory gel, sticking plasters and real ale anaesthetic. Martin and I descend […]

Book Review: The Moon Hunters by Anya Pavelle

May 27th, 2020 by Jane Turner

This is my review of The Moon Hunters by Anya Pavelle. Ms Pavelle contacted me on social media after I posted that I would be happy to do reviewing for indie authors. I was sent a PDF copy of the book to review. The Moon Hunters was published in September 2019 by Chandra Press.   […]

New Imprint, calling for submissions! Introducing PM Press

May 21st, 2020 by Jane Turner

Calling all crime, thriller and dystopian authors! There’s a new imprint that’s calling for submissions! PM Press was launched in April 2020 as a Kindle-First imprint of Holland House Books. Their blurb says:  We are a Kindle-First imprint of Holland House Books that specialises in crime, thriller and dystopian fiction. Phaidra Robinson and Mia Skevington […]

Book Review: The Kompromat Kill by Michael Jenkins

May 13th, 2020 by Jane Turner

My review of The Kompromat Kill by Michael Jenkins was done as part of the damppebbles blog tour, organised by Emma Watson. I received a complimentary Kindle copy of the book, which was published in paperback and digital formats on 19 June 2019.   Blurb: ‘They were preparing for decades – now it’s time to […]

Book Review: Ground Rules by Richard Whittle

May 12th, 2020 by Jane Turner

I’ve been reading Richard Whittle’s Ground Rules, as part of damppebbles Blog Tour, and with thanks to Emma Welton. I read the Kindle version, published on 9 Mar 2020 – links at bottom of the page. I received this copy free, and offer a review for you. Blurb: Called out one night in the hope […]

Self-editing tips, resources and training

May 6th, 2020 by Jane Turner

In this post, I’ll share some self-editing tips and resources you might find useful on your self-editing journey.   There are various stages to editing your novel and the self-edit is the start. You should aim to distil your work: get rid of the extraneous descriptions, the bits that serve no purpose, and the loose […]

What are the types of fiction editing?

April 28th, 2020 by Jane Turner

There are, essentially, three different types of fiction editing that your book should undergo after your self-edit. Developmental / structural Copy/Line Proofreading Some will add a fourth level by splitting Copy and Line editing into two different tasks, but I cannot see them that way—indeed, I find it impossible to split them. Note, though, that […]

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