Category Archives: editing

Five Easy Editing Tips You Can Do Yourself

I hope it goes without saying that the best thing you can do for your manuscript is to have it looked over by a professional editor. The cost of line- or copy-editing is an investment that will make your story, or novella, or novel the best it can be, and give it the greatest chance of success, whether you are self-published or intend to go down the traditional print publishing route.

That said, there are some things you can do on your own that will weed out some of the more egregious errors – the kind of things that will have slushpile readers dreaming of stapling your title page to your forehead.

Use Spellcheck

Obvious, right? But you’d be surprised how many aspiring authors fail to do even this simple a task. No spell-checking tool is infallible. Even the most robust dictionary has its limitations, although most of them can be added to if they don’t recognise a certain word in your manuscript. Just be sure that you have definitely spelled it correctly yourself.

The other weakness with a spell-checker is its inability to recognise homographs, homophones, and homonoyms. These are words that are either spelled the same, but have a different meaning, are  pronounced the same, but have a different meaning, or both. The problem, of course, is that your spell-checker is only making sure the word is spelled correctly – it is not trying to attach any meaning to it. It will run right past weather and whether in a sentence, and will gloss over peek, pique and peak without a second glance.

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Normal Service Will Resume

August is over – blimey that went by quick.

Alas, that means that the 20% discount I’ve been peddling over the summer has come to an end.

But fear not, I still offer the best service, at the best price for line- and copy-editing.

If you doubt it, you can check out my Services and Prices first, then the bumper crop of testimonials after that.

Whatever your editorial needs, I can help.


Summer Editing Deal – 20% off all editing jobs booked during August

Good morning, all.

The website re-opened yesterday, after a good clear-out, and now I’m back.

Did you miss me?

You did?


Anyway, rather than bore you to tears with my adventures over the last few months, I thought I’d get things rolling by offering you a Hell of a deal on my editing services.

Since this is a new venture for me, for one month only I’m offering a 20% discount on my usual rates. That means, for an 80,000 word novel, you’re saving £40 on a basic line-edit and £80 on a full copy-edit.

This applies to all editing jobs booked with me until midnight on August 31st 2017.

So, please: check out the full range of my editing services HERE, make a booking, and save yourself a huge slice of money on one of the best editing jobs around.

What are you waiting for?