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Five common writing mistakes that make editors reach for the red pen

Five common writing mistakes that make editors reach for the red pen Beginner writers often make mistakes that reveal their inexperience. Their manuscripts are riddled with signs that scream ‘novice writer’. If you want your writing to sound more sophisticated, here are some practices to avoid.   Overuse of adjectives Using [...]

By |2019-04-08T15:33:04+10:00January 8th, 2018|editing|Comments Off on Five common writing mistakes that make editors reach for the red pen

Guide to The Three Stages of Editing

Guide to the Three Stages of Editing Did you know there are three stages in the editing process? Click here to help you understand which level(s) of editing your book requires. my free brochure >

By |2019-04-18T15:33:23+10:00January 7th, 2018|editing|Comments Off on Guide to The Three Stages of Editing

What NOT to do when submitting a manuscript to an editor

Don't send a first draft This seems obvious but it does happen. If editors have to wade through multiple spelling errors, missing commas and numerous typos, it slows them down. Worse – they might misinterpret what you are trying to say. Yes, it’s their job to find such errors, but help them [...]

By |2019-04-08T15:32:52+10:00January 7th, 2018|editing|Comments Off on What NOT to do when submitting a manuscript to an editor

Thriller deals

Jim Reay has another two novels to add to his impressive list – The Run and Roller Coaster. Both are spy thrillers featuring the International Investigations Bureau (IIB), an organisation that collects court-admissible evidence against international criminals. A bit like James Bond and MI6 but without the fast cars. Jim tells me his books are [...]

By |2019-04-08T15:49:41+10:00March 4th, 2017|writers|Comments Off on Thriller deals

Quoting for editing services ★

Quoting for editing services You’ve written your book manuscript or document and you want to have it published. The first step is to have it professionally edited. But how much will it cost? Before sending an email or making a phone call to potential editors, think about these three questions. Who is your intended [...]

By |2019-04-08T15:49:53+10:00February 17th, 2017|editing|Comments Off on Quoting for editing services ★

What is editing? ★

✂ What is editing? The written word It may not be a fascinating subject for everyone but good writing skills are so important in this age of mass communication. So I thought I would share some information about the ultimate group of word-lovers and how they can help turn good words into great words. Editors [...]

By |2019-04-08T15:50:10+10:00December 18th, 2016|editing|Comments Off on What is editing? ★

What do editors do? ★

✎ What do editors do – the three levels of editing To make your writing the best it can possibly be, it is a wise investment to have it professionally edited. Authors are too close to their work to look at it objectively or to spot any weaknesses or errors that might annoy potential readers. [...]

By |2019-04-08T15:50:29+10:00December 18th, 2016|editing|Comments Off on What do editors do? ★

The editor and author relationship ★

☘ The editor/author relationship is based on trust. An editor should not divulge any information about an author’s manuscript to any other party. In this relationship, the important thing is the manuscript. The editor and author have a common goal: to make the manuscript as good as it can be. That is all that matters. [...]

By |2019-04-08T15:50:55+10:00December 18th, 2016|editing|Comments Off on The editor and author relationship ★

Supporting local writers

Meet Jim Reay, a Brisbane-based writer who has recently released his first novel for adults, The Chess Board, which is set mostly in Toowoomba, Queensland. It’s an adventure story laced with international intrigue but with subtle messages about tolerance and acceptance. Jim’s writing is thought-provoking and his characters engaging. The book [...]

By |2019-04-08T15:51:09+10:00December 5th, 2016|writers|Comments Off on Supporting local writers

Local writer strikes again

Jim Reay is back - or will be early next year with his second adult novel, Searching for Siobhan. The setting is Brisbane, but it's a Brisbane most people don't know about where the worst kind of criminals lurk, preying on the innocent and hiding behind facades of respectability and wealth. [...]

By |2019-04-08T15:51:22+10:00December 5th, 2016|writers|Comments Off on Local writer strikes again