Fact Checking: Vital or a waste of time?

Fact Checking: Vital or a waste of time?

I spend a lot of my time editing non-fiction; no matter how much I love fiction, the factual stuff takes up more of my time at the moment. And with factual editing comes fact checking. Now, you may have a client who says ‘all the facts are correct’ but if, as you are working through […]

Stop the race to the bottom, value your writing services

Stop the race to the bottom, value your writing services

I need an editor … you’ll be rewarded I need an editor … you’ll get great exposure I need an editor … fast I need an editor … I don’t mind paying I need an editor … willing to pay I need an editor … for free   If you need an editor … I’ll […]

A guide on book title punctuation

A guide on book title punctuation

For the trained eyes, there is nothing more annoying than looking at a book which is just one letter away from perfect. It is possible that you have made a capital mistake when not checking the rules of capitalization before publishing. It can be a tricky business, but nothing you cannot master by following a set of […]

So you want to be a freelance editor? Tips from the coalface

So you want to be a freelance editor? Tips from the coalface

It is a truth universally acknowledged that book editors spend their days languidly leafing through the pages of books and occasionally waving a red pen in the vague direction of a stray comma or unruly capital… Or so I’ve been told – on numerous occasions. But never by the lucky ones who get to toil […]

Your guide to using styles in Word

Your guide to using styles in Word

Styles Make Your Writing Better Well, ok, they won’t make your writing better, but they make it a hell of a lot easier to format. Styles also make it a LOT easier if you change your mind and want to create a new look for your document. They’re also the editor’s friend, so if you […]

The quick and easy guide to using beta readers [FOR AUTHORS]

The quick and easy guide to using beta readers [FOR AUTHORS]

Oh, no … You didn’t just ask your spouse, your mom, or your best friend to read your book and tell you what they think, did you? Every author needs test readers—impartial, unbiased test readers. As much as your squad may want to help, beta reading is one area where friends and family don’t qualify. […]

35 easy keyboard shortcuts to improve your workflow in Word

35 easy keyboard shortcuts to improve your workflow in Word

There’s a lot of talk among editors and wordy wordsmiths about using macros to help efficiency when you’re working. Truth be told, macros can be scary and take a bit of getting used to. But there are clever little tricks that can help you become more efficient without having to go through the learning curve […]

Inclusive language: 3 rules for editorial best practice

Inclusive language: 3 rules for editorial best practice

While the details of any book are important to get right, books about personal or sensitive topics require an extra level of attention to ensure inclusivity and correctness. We launched our gender diversity list in January 2017, and since then we’ve published a wide range of books by trans and non-binary authors. While the issues […]

Anonymity and the copy editor: Is it time to be recognised?

Anonymity and the copy editor: Is it time to be recognised?

Here Sara Donaldson looks at the anonymity of the copy editor, why this is generally the case, and asks whether or not they should be acknowledged. As an editor I often like to remain anonymous As a copy editor I feel that I’m just polishing the author’s intentions and getting their ‘real’ story out there. […]

Editorial freelancers, know when to say no

Editorial freelancers, know when to say no

We’re in the business of saying yes … but just as important can be knowing when to say no – some projects may just be more trouble than they are worth. Here are some warning signs to look out for. An unreasonably long test. You have to decide what you consider unreasonable, of course, and it […]