5 good reasons not to trust your spell checker


Proofreading is more than a manual spell-check. This is the last stage of editing prior to publication. It's vital not to leave this stage to chance. It allows you to look for colour variations, layout issues, spacing, typeface consistency, missing items, tense and tone errors, content errors, inconsistent capitalisation, that page numbers are correct, and other formatting problems.

SfEP Membership Confirmed!


Yesterday my application to join the Society for Editors and Proofreaders was accepted...

An opportunity not to be missed!


The details can be found on Harry's website. The weekend will stretch from the 25th to the 26th May 2017. Booking will only remain open until the end of February so do hurry.

Apologies to readers; I promise I have not forgotten you.


Writing should not be a chore we have to force yourself to do no matter what. If it is, then you are doing it wrong.

Keeping the red flags flying (so you don’t get conned)


Writer's First Rule. People pay you for your work.  Not the other way around. If someone asks you to pay money, ANY money, in order represent your work you need to do several things: Tell them you are no longer interested Block their number Add their email to your 'blocked senders' list Preditors & Editors was … Continue reading Keeping the red flags flying (so you don’t get conned)

Dangers of dithering


We know when something comes out flat. It feels trite or contrived as if it could really be done away with. Being vague has the same effect. If that information is important then the 'seemed to', estimations, and approximations need to go. Your author voice will come through the stronger for it.

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 40: Unnecessary Scenes| Kim Weiland


The advice in this post is just so marvellous I have just purchased her book on story structure and the accompanying workbook.  Ms Weiland offers succinct advice not only on what to avoid, as well as why to avoid it and what it does to your narrative.  I honestly could not have put it better. Rather … Continue reading Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 40: Unnecessary Scenes| Kim Weiland

Hope everyone is enjoying their mid-winter break


A suggestion from a fellow editor made me give editing and proofreading a go and I am glad I took him up on his advice. I love it and have since set myself up as a freelancer. This means I have the freedom to set my own hours. It has also taught me that I not only need to learn when to stop working and think about something else for a while but actually do it.

My first promotional video!


I am really out of practice with the software, so bare with me. They will get better. I have not yet bucked up the courage to actually appear in a video, but give me time and I am sure it will happen.