More tricky words and how to use them in your writing

Ever since I wrote about commonly misused words, I’ve been seeing tricky words misused everywhere!  Here are my additions to the original list. Some of these tricky words were suggested to me and others have cropped up in a range of newspapers, online news sites, newsletters and social media. Many of these pairs of words … Continue reading More tricky words and how to use them in your writing

My awkward mistake that led me to use an experienced professional

Whether it’s building your website, editing your book, writing your product descriptions or proofreading your blog posts, using a trained, experienced professional pays huge dividends. ‘Your blog may need a proofreader’. That was the first message I received in response to my blog post about writers needing a professional proofreader. Red-faced and a little shaky, … Continue reading My awkward mistake that led me to use an experienced professional

Good reasons for a self-published author to use a proofreader (like avoiding embarrassing mistakes)

Around 300 million self-published books are sold each year. This is up nearly 265% between 2018 and 2023.  Hardly surprising, given that there are now only five major publishers putting out books in English. Self-publishing has become a popular option, allowing authors to bypass the traditional publishing process and have more control over their work. With … Continue reading Good reasons for a self-published author to use a proofreader (like avoiding embarrassing mistakes)

How an editor can bring out the best in your writing

‘So what does an editor do, exactly?’ I’m often asked what my role as an editor involves, what an editor can do for you, and why anybody with a reasonable standard of language proficiency would need to use one. Because we understand different things by the term ‘edit’ in various areas of publishing, I thought … Continue reading How an editor can bring out the best in your writing

Think your writing doesn’t need editing? Think again!

Authors often pour more than their heart and soul into a book or an article. They may put their own money into a project too, especially if they self-publish or enter a partnership publishing arrangement. That’s why it’s so frustrating to see glaring  and embarrassing typos, incorrect word use and clumsy sentence structures in published … Continue reading Think your writing doesn’t need editing? Think again!