Introducing Books On The Hill

April 12th, 2021 by Jane Turner

I was introduced to the Books On The Hill Kickstarter project by Random Things Tours – and I’m blogging about it because I wholeheartedly support their effort. If you love books, reading, and using your imagination – then you absolutely should support them too.   Books On The Hill (BOTH) is a publisher with a […]

Punctuation: Dashes

February 2nd, 2021 by Jane Turner

Welcome to my new series on punctuation! Exciting, huh? Oh, believe me – I know. *nods sagely*   Dashes Today, we’re going to look at dashes – or, more specifically, the different types of dash and how they should be used according to New Hart’s Rules, the common Style Guide for writing in UK English. […]

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 […]

Resource for historical writers: The Historical Thesaurus of English

November 5th, 2020 by Jane Turner

How did I come across this resource for historical writers? This week I’ve been attending the annual conference for the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (of which I’m a member). It was an amazing online event, with people from all over the world participating, and my brain is buzzing from all the ideas I’ve […]

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 […]

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 […]

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