Monthly Archives: January 2015

a novel approach

Posted at my sister site… with an editing focus, so perhaps of interest to visitors here…



a sad day for economy edits

Early this morning I received notification that one of my first and favourite clients has chosen to employ a local editor for her new and subsequent books. This made me sad, because I do like the lady, and love her lead character, Jasper. However, I can understand her reason, and wish her only happiness and success. And so, even though I won’t be playing any active part in their future, please keep your eyes open for Kimberly J Coleman and her wonderful friend, Jasper, and do all you can to make their future a happy one. 🙂



nod and…?

We can describe the up and down motion of a YES with a simple, “She nodded”, but what would you use to describe the left to right motion of a NO with a SINGLE WORD?


another new client

We are happy to announce that we will be working with Ernesto Pavan in July. Some of you may already know him from some helpful suggestions on Google+ or his

translation website

He has already had a couple of stories published here and here , so feel free to check them out.

As for Ernesto himself…  “I’m a crazy Italian who writes in English, loves Indian and Japanese food, and writes about weird stuff.


so different

It is SO different editing somebody else’s work rather than you’re own. 😮

With my own, I can simply delete words, sentences or paragraphs, or rearrange scenes, move events, delete characters or threads etc., all with a few quick slashes of the finger (can a finger slash? I guess… maybe…).

But with another’s words, I want to explain, justify or suggest (highlighting all relevant words in my tricolour stylie) in such a way that the writer understands exactly what I mean, and why, and can then choose to do whatever they want.

This “others” way could help me with my own, because while I take the time to explain and think around the “issue”, sometimes I find something else/better, and it sparks an improved tweak, whereas with my own fiction I would have already moved on.

Well, I found it interesting. 🙂


booking for July & beyond

Having seen how quickly my available editing slots filled up this last week, I thought it wise to announce that I am now happy to accept bookings for July 22* and beyond.

I  will consider any length, fiction or non-fiction, blogs or articles…

If you are ready to book, simply let me know your word count and preferred range of dates, and I will reply as soon as possible.

If you would rather take advantage of my free 1000 word sample edit before deciding, please forward that to me at with a short synopsis and full manuscript word count, and I will work on it and return as soon as possible, and you can see if we will be a good fit.

Despite suggestions from many that I should increase my fees, they remain as low as they were, despite my experience ever-improving my abilities. 🙂

I look forward to hearing from you soon, and working with you later.



* was originally July 11, but a new client has since been scheduled. 🙂