The Chronicles

What You Need to Know Before You Judge Self-Publishing Authors

Not so long ago, there weren’t many resources available that would enable an author to self-publish their writing. As the technology emerged, so did a stigma. It was thought that you only self-published if your book wasn’t good enough to [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:18:34+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

5 Reasons You SHOULDN’T Offer Developmental Fiction Editing

So, you’re an editorial professional who’s decided you’d like to dip your toe into developmental fiction editing. (See: What is Developmental Editing?) It sounds like a fun and rewarding service to be able to offer your clients, right? But you’re [...]

By | 2017-06-19T13:53:42+00:00 June 20th, 2017|The Business of Editing|0 Comments

How to Deal with Clients Who Won’t Pay What Your Service is Worth

I'm sure you've been in this situation before. You're in conversation with a potential client, but when you start talking about fees it quickly becomes apparent that they don't want to pay (or they don't have the budget for) what your service is worth. Where [...]

By | 2017-06-13T16:53:12+00:00 June 13th, 2017|The Business of Editing|3 Comments

The Different Stages of Editing a Novel

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-06T14:38:55+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Novel Editing|0 Comments

Editors on Twitter: You’re Doing It Wrong!

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-01T12:13:09+00:00 June 1st, 2017|The Business of Editing|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-23T17:30:01+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Novel Editing|1 Comment

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

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:01:23+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Novel Editing, Novel Writing|0 Comments