Copy Editing – Make Sure Your Manuscript is Flawless

By | December 22nd, 2011|copy edit, copy editing, copyediting, manuscript, manuscript edit, manuscript submission|

Copy editing is a vital component of the writing journey and it is essential that any manuscript (MS) that is due to be submitted to potential publishers, has been through the copy editing process. A strong copy edit will mean that your manuscript is free from spelling and grammar errors and is also the best [...]

How to Edit Your Work When Your Writing’s Not That Great

By | December 20th, 2011|copy edit, copy editing, copyediting, editing, editorial, manuscript edit|

If writing isn't your greatest strength yet you still have the desire and the willingness to write, there's no reason why eventually you can't produce writing that reaches very high standards. The secret to success in this situation is to edit, edit and edit again.All writers, no matter how great they think they are, or [...]

Too, Two or To?

By | December 19th, 2011|grammar help, proof reading, to, too, too or to, which too|

It's Monday morning, it's cold outside, and I thought I'd ease you into the week by taking you back to basics; let's talk about two, too and to.These three little words can ruin or make a sentence, which in turn means they have the potential to make the writer look grammatically intelligent or grammatically ignorant. [...]

Grammar Issues – And, But, and The Truth about Semicolons

By | December 15th, 2011|and sentence, but sentence, grammar, grammar rules, semicolon, semicolons|

When chatting with a good friend this week we somehow found ourselves discussing the fascinating issues concerning the correct use of grammar, and the difficulties faced by parents when trying to teach their children the ‘rules’. But unfortunately for us parents, there are several sets of rules which seem to vary depending on your age [...]

How to Prepare A Manuscript for Submission to Publishers

By | December 12th, 2011|manuscript, manuscript submission, proof reading|

Once you've finished writing your manuscript you'd be forgiven for thinking that the hard work ends there; in actual fact if you want to stand even half a chance of securing publishing success then you need to work very hard to prepare your manuscript for submission.The first task is of course to at least proofread [...]

How Can The Festive Season Influence Your Writing?

By | December 8th, 2011|Christmas, festive, inspiration, manuscript, novel, writing|

With Christmas fast approaching (only 17 days to go), writers should be looking to make the most of the festive season. Christmas and the accompanying holiday period has the potential to be a great time for writers, whether it’s gathering observational material or just having more spare time to write, all writers should see this [...]

There, They’re, Their…Get it Right Once and For All

By | December 5th, 2011|grammar, grammar rules, proof reading, proofreading, spelling, their, there, they're|

One of my absolute pet hates is the incorrect use of the words their, they're and there. I know from the groups set up on Facebook that I'm not alone in getting frustrated when the wrong word is chosen; although I should also acknowledge that there are clearly more important things in the world to [...]

Why Edit an Email?

By | November 18th, 2011|editing, emails, proofreading|

When writing a letter, whether typed, or the 'old fashioned' way; with ink, most individuals will take care to write properly. By properly, I mean using correct spellings, grammar and sentence structure; furthermore, when writing letters there is an almost subconscious effort made to be extra polite, addressing and signing off the letter formally. However, [...]

Honesty is the Best Possible

By | November 16th, 2011|cv, cv writing, honest, resume, truth|

Today it was revealed that a former constituency labour party chairman, Tom Griffin, had his chance to become an MP blocked because of 'concerns about his CV'. It has been reported that Mr Griffin's CV was written in such a way that it appeared he had previously worked as a special advisor to the Ministry [...]

Freelance writing…what’s the secret?

By | November 14th, 2011|article writing, freelance writing, freelancing, writer|

Embarking on a career as a freelance writer, to some, will feel like the most empowering and productive career move they could ever make. But most writers will tell you that to make a career of it, is far from easy. No matter how great your writing abilities, how creative your mind or how accurate [...]