Why your business should have a Style Sheet

January 20th, 2021 by Jane Turner

  A Style Sheet for Business?   Yes, companies use Style Sheets. And YOU should be using one! There. I said it. (Phew! Feels good to get that out!) Yes, it’s true that Style sheets are most commonly used by authors. Because you can’t go changing your main character’s eye colour half way through a […]

How should I format my manuscript for an editor?

November 19th, 2020 by Jane Turner

I get asked this A LOT – “How should I format my manuscript for an editor?” I touched on this in my What happens during an edit post, but I thought I’d go into more detail.   First though – Word, not Google Docs. Word is the standard. If you send me your manuscript in […]

What happens during a copyedit?

September 9th, 2020 by Jane Turner

What happens during a copyedit? Every editor is different, but here I want to lay out my process for you. An editor’s job is to refine and polish your work. To highlight any holes or inconsistencies. To be the pickiest reader you’ve ever had and suggest changes accordingly. With that in mind, send your manuscript […]

What is a Style Guide? What is a Style Sheet?

September 7th, 2020 by Jane Turner

Two commonly used resources in any kind of writing are your chosen Style Guide and your personal Style Sheet. This post aims to tell you more about them, and also convince you to use one! What is a Style Guide? A Style Guide is a commonly used reference of prescribed formatting of certain words, terms and […]

How to Use Track Changes in Word

July 2nd, 2020 by Jane Turner

I’m genuinely surprised how many of my clients don’t know how to use Track Changes in Word. Indeed, it seems to me that only admin professionals and editorial workers seem to understand it’s capabilities! Which really is a surprise – given how prevalent PCs now are in school.   (I was horrified when, at my […]

What are the types of fiction editing?

April 28th, 2020 by Jane Turner

  ‘It just needs a proofread for typos.’ Actually, no – it needs much more than that!   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 […]

Get a FREE Sample Edit

March 15th, 2020 by Jane Turner

Sunday is Sample Edit day! Just completed another free sample edit for a writer, a project I’m excited about.     What is a Sample Edit? A sample edit is very useful for both editor and writer. For the editor, it lets me see the standard of work so I can properly judge how much […]

What is the Four Eyes principle?

February 18th, 2020 by Jane Turner

We at 33 South Textworks are great proponents of the Four Eyes Principle. Have you ever been to a meeting or training course and seen typos or errors in the materials?  Did it make you stop and think, “Well, if they can’t spot typos, just how competent are they?” How about errors on a street […]

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