On this page you’ll find writing and editing tips, and musings on editorial life.
Here’s a scenario that every author (and editor) can recognise at some point. You’ve written your first draft, and are sitting in front of your computer. The problem is, your internal monologue is having kittens: It’s terrible, isn’t it. How…Keep reading
When I was at university, I threw a book out of a 12th-floor window. No doubt this sounds like heresy, coming from a literature grad and professional editor? Reader, I hold my hands up. I am guilty of this heinous…Keep reading
When you’re writing, trying to organise your book prelims can be confusing. Here’s my superfast guide to getting the order, labels and content right. Title page Imprint Dedication Contents Foreword Preface Introduction Title page This contains your title, subtitle and…Keep reading
Do you remember the 1980s BBC sitcom, ‘Allo ‘Allo! ? Set in Second World War France, it was a gloriously silly parody of uber-drab 1970s drama, Secret Army, about the Resistance working to get British soldiers out of the country…Keep reading
Do you need to be a perfectionist to be a good writer? Perfectionism seems to have replaced impostor syndrome as the anxiety du jour. I’m here to tell you: no, it isn’t essential. It isn’t even a prerequisite for what…Keep reading
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