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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 an edit?

September 9th, 2020 by Jane Turner

What happens during an edit? 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

  ‘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 […]

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