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Rejigging my site

Just to let you know, for a few weeks the site will be reduced to this blog page and the Home page. I’m still taking on work, though! All the basics about hiring me to write and edit for you are still on the Home page. As always, I try to find ways that authors...

Marketing Lessons From My Grandmother

It’s taken me years to discover a lesson about marketing (and about life), from this childhood experience. You shouldn’t wait, before overhauling your marketing plan. Even if your product is a market leader, and your company’s brand identity is well respected, you...

Styrofoam Language

Styrofoam language–redundancy–is growing. I hate verbal packaging. Something I see daily; “What that means is [that]…” Examples from the press Toronto Sun: “What that means is Spencer only needs one win at these Olympics to make it into the medal round.”...

Editing my father’s memoir of World War 2

This project started when my sister gave me the folder of my father’s memoirs of World War 2 a few years ago. He was a prisoner of war from November 1941, when he was captured in Libya, to early 1945. Written in his clear hand about 40 years later, the documents need...

Speaking to Writing

Many lovers of drama and literature will know that in his old age, American playwright Eugene O’Neil could no longer write, due to illness. He found that writing longhand with pen on paper was essential to his creativity. I wonder if he was able to dictate functional...

How to research the dollar value of editing

This post has links to research on the dollar value of editing. I want to help editors (like me!) to market their services and justify their rates. I’ve also included some expensive “headline” examples. Adrienne Montgomerie’s followed this issue much longer than I...

What’s the Value of Editing?

What is editing worth, to self-publishing authors? To business people? Editors are painfully aware that most potential clients don’t know the actual dollar value of editing, independently of the actual charges. Authors may know they need an editor, but may not be able...

Checking the Credibility of Grammar Checkers

Always wanting to help writers reduce their costs, I look for efficient editing tools to include in this blog. Most people know how Word’s spellchecker can wrongly correct a misspelling in auto mode, and two examples show Word’s unreliability regarding grammar: First,...