The Chronicles

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

What I’ve Learned About Attending Editing Conferences

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:01:24+00:00 May 9th, 2017|An Editor's Life|4 Comments

5 Mistakes I Made When I Started My Fiction Editing Business

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:01:27+00:00 April 18th, 2017|The Business of Editing|5 Comments

Exploring Speculative Fiction Sub-Genres: Fairy Tales

SERIES INTRO: As a speculative fiction writer, you need to know your genres. Why? Knowing your genres makes it easier to find your readers. Even if you’re not excited by the thought of marketing your book, knowing your readers helps you [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:01:28+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Novel Writing|0 Comments

Exploring Speculative Fiction Sub-Genres: Steampunk

SERIES INTRO: As a speculative fiction writer, you need to know your genres. Why? Knowing your genres makes it easier to find your readers. Even if you’re not excited by the thought of marketing your book, knowing your readers helps you [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:01:33+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Novel Writing|0 Comments