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 […]

Manuscript submission dates – Simon & Schuster UK #DigitalOriginals

April 1st, 2020 by Jane Turner

Simon & Schuster UK have just dropped their manuscript submission dates for their #DigitalOriginals programme on Twitter!   Head on over to their Twitter for more info.  (wonders if she can get a SciFi book written before October 15…) And before you submit – consider getting a copy edit from yours truly! I’ll even give you […]

Challenges to publishing in a scientific journal

March 6th, 2020 by Jane Turner

One of my LinkedIn contacts, Helen Stevens, posted this amazing article. The English language challenge in academic publishing   There is absolutely nothing here I disagree with. The challenges facing those submitting articles to scientific journals are immense. Let’s hope this goes viral.

How to increase your vocabulary

March 6th, 2020 by Jane Turner

How to increase your vocabulary – *wisdom from an editor                                                       (*a totally subjective opinion!) People constantly ask me how to increase their vocabulary. Why me? In case you didn’t […]

What is the Oxford or serial comma?

March 2nd, 2020 by Jane Turner

The Oxford comma, also known as a serial comma, is often argued.    When I was at school, it was forbidden, verboten, tiltott, prohibida, interdite – you just did not use it. I was told it was only used by those who didn’t know anything about grammar, punctuation or the rules of English language. Oh, […]

Demystifying the Apostrophe – how and when to use an apostrophe

February 25th, 2020 by Jane Turner

I’ve noticed through my working life that a good percentage of people have trouble with apostrophes – when and how to use them.  I agree they can be confusing, so here I aim to provide a list of the main things to remember. Firstly, remember that apostrophes are mainly used to indicate ownership/possession or contractions. […]

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