Hiring a copy editor: what to focus on to make a better decision.

I’m well aware that there are many copy editors out there. All offering their specialties, expert knowledge, and passion for writing in its many forms. What should you consider when you decide that it’s time to start hiring a copy editor? Understanding of your goals and aims. When you hire a copy editor, you wantContinue reading “Hiring a copy editor: what to focus on to make a better decision.”

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?”

Editing steps to focus on for better writing

If you want to ensure your writing is high quality, you’ll need a decent editing process. Editing takes your drafts and fine-tunes them, working to bring out the very best, and improve the mediocre. Here are four editing steps I focus on when copy editing to achieve higher quality writing. If you need more freeContinue reading “Editing steps to focus on for better writing”

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?”

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”

How can journaling benefit your career?

When you were a kid/teenager, did you keep a diary? Did you use it to write all your biggest secrets, how your day went, how you were feeling? Was it a way of expressing yourself and all the things that you kept locked inside? We might look back on our teenage diaries with mixed feelings.Continue reading “How can journaling benefit your career?”

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?”

How you can begin your novel.

Sometimes actually figuring out the beginning of your novel can be the hardest thing. You want a reader to be hooked as soon as possible and know that so much can play on those first few pages. But what are your options? What are the different ways you can start that will encourage a readerContinue reading “How you can begin your novel.”