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15 01, 2019

My Single Guiding Principle as a Professional Fiction Editor

By | 2019-01-10T18:13:03+00:00 January 15th, 2019|Novel Editing|0 Comments

I’m a professional fiction editor. And for me, there’s a single guiding principle behind every editorial decision I make. It’s simply this: I must be able to justify every edit. We editors adopt the same mantra as doctors: ‘First, do [...]

22 10, 2018

Client Interview: JS Hollis on Deciding to Self-Publish

By | 2018-10-22T10:22:38+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Novel Editing, Publishing|0 Comments

A few weeks ago, an email dropped into my inbox. It was a past client, letting me know the manuscript I had line and copy-edited for him around eighteen months ago was now a fully published novel. It's always exciting [...]

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 [...]

23 05, 2017

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

By | 2018-07-21T12:12:20+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|1 Comment

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 [...]