Grammar checkers: how much faith should you place?

Before I really get into depth, I want to say a few things about grammar checkers. Firstly, I utilise them for every piece of writing I publish. Whenever I complete a copy edit for a client, I’ll use them as a final check. I like using them and believe that they are really good forContinue reading “Grammar checkers: how much faith should you place?”

The importance of consistency in writing

Ask any editor about their buzzwords, and I guarantee that consistency will be on the list. We luuuurve it! And you should too. My interpretation and definition of consistency is the parts of something working in harmony/agreement together. It’s staying the same, following the same processes, creating the same look. The opposite of consistency canContinue reading “The importance of consistency in writing”

Can editors provide you with perfection?

I could make this post super easy and short for you. No. No, editors of all types cannot promise you perfection. Any editor that does is lying.  But, let’s delve deeper. Any person’s writing is flawed by default. That’s the privilege we have of being unique individuals with individual thoughts, experiences, and passions. We mustContinue reading “Can editors provide you with perfection?”

My first business year: how has it gone?

Let’s start at the very beginning…just over a year ago, after a month of lockdown, I was fed up. I’d been in a job that I was uncomfortable with for too long. I wanted change. I wanted it badly and knew that time was probably the best I’d get to make it. After a periodContinue reading “My first business year: how has it gone?”

Self-editing: defeating commonly-faced worries!

When you work as an editor, you become comfortable with the process. You develop the skills, knowledge, and assurance you need to excel and do a high-quality job for your clients. But, you never entirely forget the worries that you had when you first started. These are worries I now know are common to experienceContinue reading “Self-editing: defeating commonly-faced worries!”

Enabling trust

Trust is such an essential part of any job. Trust with your co-workers, your boss, your clients, etc. Personally, the trust that’s essential for me is client trust. Within my profession (copy editing and proofreading), I take on clients and provide them with a service. They’re the people who bring my income and work level.Continue reading “Enabling trust”

Why do editing rates matter?

When it comes to rates, it’s a minefield out there—for both writers and editors. Setting rates, finding the person who charges the right amount for you, it can be tricky to think about everything and make a confident decision. It’s important to know that there are no actual set guidelines for prices when you becomeContinue reading “Why do editing rates matter?”

A copy editors thoughts and tips on following grammar ‘rules’.

As far back as I can remember, I learned to write in a certain way. English as a subject within school set out writing in a very regimented way and didn’t allow for interpretation, error, or the idea that we could stray from the rules. If we did, we wouldn’t get the grades we needed.Continue reading “A copy editors thoughts and tips on following grammar ‘rules’.”

A Guide To Microsoft Word Track Changes

Being an editor, proofreader and beta reader means that I have a great knowledge and a large amount of experience when it comes to Microsoft Word track changes. I want to use my experience and knowledge to help others when it comes to using this part of Word. I promise that although this might seemContinue reading “A Guide To Microsoft Word Track Changes”

The steps I took to find proofreading and copy-editing.

I thought for my first blog post that it would be a good idea to write about my journey, and the steps I’ve taken to get myself in a great position with proofreading and copy-editing. Since 2014, I’ve worked as a teaching assistant, and I still do to help pay those all-important bills! I neverContinue reading “The steps I took to find proofreading and copy-editing.”