About Sophie Playle

Sophie Playle runs Liminal Pages, where she offers editorial services to authors and training to fiction editors. She's a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and trained with The Publishing Training Centre. She worked at the largest publishing company in the world before galavanting off to do an MA in creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London (to add to her BA in English literature with creative writing from UEA). She would like to live on a steampunk airship.
6 06, 2017

The Different Stages of Editing a Novel

By | 2017-09-05T13:15:40+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Novel Editing|0 Comments

It may surprise you to discover there are three levels of editing that a novel should go through before publication. The first looks at the big-picture, foundational elements (such as story, plot, characterisation, marketability, pacing, voice, etc.). The second level looks [...]

1 06, 2017

Editors on Twitter: You’re Doing It Wrong!

By | 2017-09-05T13:20:18+00:00 June 1st, 2017|The Business of Editing|0 Comments

Over the past few days, I've been searching for more editors to connect with on Twitter. And I've been pretty shocked at what I've seen. If you're an editorial professional who uses (or would like to use) Twitter, let me share [...]

23 05, 2017

Why Most Grammar Guides Suck (and Where to Get Answers Instead)

By | 2017-09-05T13:20:27+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Novel Editing|2 Comments

A little while ago I had the pleasure of seeing Professor Geoff Pullum, head of linguistics and English language at the University of Edinburgh, give a talk about grammar. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m wary of people [...]

17 05, 2017

What’s the Difference Between Omniscient and Third Person Narration?

By | 2017-09-05T13:20:37+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Novel Editing, Novel Writing|0 Comments

Whether you're a writer or an editor, it's sometimes easy to get confused between omniscient and third person narration. Omniscient narration, especially, is hard to identify because it's hard to write – so if you're dealing with a manuscript-in-progress, the author may not [...]

9 05, 2017

What I’ve Learned About Attending Editing Conferences

By | 2017-09-05T13:20:44+00:00 May 9th, 2017|An Editor's Life|4 Comments

I've just come back from a few days in Edinburgh, where I hung out with one of my best friends (who lives there) and attended the Society for Editors and Proofreader's Mini-Conference 2017. It was the fourth editorial training event [...]

18 04, 2017

5 Mistakes I Made When I Started My Fiction Editing Business

By | 2017-09-05T14:01:39+00:00 April 18th, 2017|The Business of Editing|9 Comments

Starting your own editing business can be scary. You have no colleagues to turn to for advice, no managers to steer you in the right direction. Instead, you end up feeling your way in the dark. Or at least, that’s how [...]