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Making a start in romance editing @TheSfEP @HelenSaltEdit #amediting

A while ago I got into conversation with an academic editor called Helen Stevens (@HelenSaltEdit) on Twitter. I’d been posting photos of Saltaire – the village where we live in Yorkshire – and we found we had a lot in common. We decided to meet IRL (or “in real life” – I’m down with the terminology :) ) and…… Continue reading Making a start in romance editing @TheSfEP @HelenSaltEdit #amediting

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Polish your manuscript until it shines. Author James Crofoot on the importance of editing

If you read my post last week on writing a synopsis, you’ll know that author James Crofoot is here at a very timely time for me.  (Timely time?  I expect an editor would make me change that!) James is here to tell us why it’s so important to edit your manuscript thoroughly before you submit…… Continue reading Polish your manuscript until it shines. Author James Crofoot on the importance of editing

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Writing tips: how to alternate point of view (part two)

Last week I wrote a post on how to make sure your point of view is consistent  and thus avoid confusing your readers with “head-hopping” (ie changing point of view too randomly within a scene). I showed the mechanics of handling point of view in the third person, but there’s more to changing point of…… Continue reading Writing tips: how to alternate point of view (part two)

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Editing tips for romance writers: make sure you check your point of view!

Last week I wrote a post about what a romance editor does.  It was a brief introduction to editing, and left a great deal more to be said, so I thought maybe every week I could outline a few of the areas that writers and editors need to look at closely when polishing a manuscript.…… Continue reading Editing tips for romance writers: make sure you check your point of view!

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What does a romance editor do?

When I first started writing romance novels, I had no real idea of what a romance editor actually does.  Well, I had a vague idea in my mind.  I pictured an editor sitting in her office, reading through manuscript after manuscript, and rejecting pretty much all of them.  Occasionally she accepts a novel, gives an…… Continue reading What does a romance editor do?

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The Silk Romance – an update on publication

A few people have been asking for an update on my novel, The Silk Romance, which is due to be published in May, so here goes!  (And for those of you who’d like to know what the novel’s about, please check out my Silk Romance page.) The short answer  – for those who don’t want…… Continue reading The Silk Romance – an update on publication

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The great language divide: Britain, the US and English (but not as we know it)

Today I’m going to start with a language quiz.  (I love quizzes and as a writer I LOVE to talk about language.) If you were out walking, and a complete stranger offered to give you a fanny pack, would you: a)      Think him a little odd, and say ‘No thanks, I already have one’? b)     …… Continue reading The great language divide: Britain, the US and English (but not as we know it)