Category: Editing Blog
5 tips to start editing non-fiction
Making your first forays into editing non-fiction? Awesome. There are some subtle but key differences between fiction and non-fiction, and so there are differences in how to approach these two types of writing as an editor. The difference between fiction and non-fiction First, it’s worth remembering that non-fiction writers are already in the world they’ve…
The self-editing checklist every writer needs
Here are 11 tried-and-tested tips to help you edit your own work and improve your writing.
What is an editorial and how do I write one?
When I was just a baby writer, the word ‘editorial’ was wrapped in an air of mystique. In my mind, it was something for a glamorous group of people whose words were in glossy magazines or hard-hitting newspapers. I could only hope to one day be in that club, I thought. So let’s talk about…
The best cafes to work (or write) at in Newcastle
Ladies and gentlemen, bookworms, bibliophiles, casual readers, writers, and everyone in-between: hello and welcome to another blog post. Today, we’re talking about cafes, but not just any cafes – the best cafes in Newcastle to write or work at. Why? Because I found myself Googling that exact phrase a few months ago and have since…
10 podcasts about publishing you need in your life
Whether you’re new to the publishing world (and podcasts) or just want to keep up to date with all the latest news and views in the industry, this is a great, convenient way to get stuck in. Here are a few favourites to get you started.
5 useful tools for writers
Writing kick-ass copy isn’t always easy, even for the most experienced word-wielders out there. You might have an off-day, need a second set of eyes on your work, or just need a bit of extra inspiration to move things along. With that in mind, here are five of my favourite tools for writers looking to…
Why you need to kill zombie grammar rules
Don’t panic, we’re not in an episode of The Walking Dead. A zombie rule is a grammar rule that isn’t actually a rule. You know the ones—your English teacher taught them to you because their teacher drilled them into their heads as their teacher did before them. To break these rules was a cardinal sin,…
The art of the semicolon
A favourite of poets and academics alike, the humble semicolon can be a powerful tool in your writing; if you use it well, that is.
Explained: the difference between the em dash and en dash
There was an idyllic time in my life where I thought there was just one type of dash. It turns out that dash was, in fact, a hyphen. And what I thought was a hyphen was actually an en dash. And a long dash, the kind I’d seen in books, wasn’t a long hyphen but…
The different types of proofreading and editing
It doesn’t take years in this industry to figure out that all too often, when you’re asked to proofread something, it’s not actually a proof it needs. What people mean most of the time is that they need line or copyediting. Then there’s developmental editing, which you’ll mostly come across in manuscripts, generally for non-fiction…