Author: Michelle

Angela Holder: The Law of Isolation

The Law of Isolation by Angela Holder Buy on Amazon Goodreads Two lands, separated for a millennium by divine decree. Each holds the key to the other’s survival. The Matriarch of Ramunna needs an heir. Only the lost healing magic of the ancient wizards can help her conceive and bear the daughter who will ensure Ramunna’s future. She sends an expedition to seek the wizards who legends say still dwell somewhere far across the uncharted ocean. Tevenar hovers on the brink of disaster. Elkan, Josiah, and the rest of the Wizard’s Guild battle a virulent wheat blight, but even...

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The ‘something new’ is going well

My new way of working – on paper – is producing some great results, so much so that’s I’ve stocked up on black printer ink and A4 white paper. I’ve also thrown something else into the mix – a couple of programs that will help me develop, analyse, and, in a nutshell, assist you with the development of your stories. The first piece of software is ywriter, the one I use to write my own stories. You can break down your novel into chapters and scenes and it’s an excellent resource for keeping track of a story at a basic level. The second one is much more in-depth (and from an analysis point of view,that puts it right up my street). Dramatica has the potential to examine the motive and throughline of every character, major or minor, and I am incredibly excited about incorporating it into the service I offer, although it won’t be for a while yet. So… The paper editing… My printer has never seen so much action, neither has my selection of coloured pens, highlighters and sticky post-it note tags. Inputting what I see as key plot points, character development and story progression allows me to check back easily when I come across an inconsistency or doubt a character’s behaviour (based on what the words have told me). I’m still writing reams of comments on the word document, but...

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Angela Holder: The Fuller’s Apprentice

The Fuller's Apprentice by Angela Holder Series: The Chronicles of Tevernar #1 Buy on Amazon Goodreads All Josiah wants is a little excitement. His work as an apprentice fuller is boring, and playing in the mill’s machinery isn’t that dangerous. Everything goes fine—at first. All right, he’s lucky the wizard Elkan and his familiar, a donkey named Sar, are there to save his life. Even better, when his furious master fires him, Elkan offers him a job as his assistant. Josiah jumps at the chance. Traveling around Tevenar for a year, meeting all sorts of interesting people, helping the...

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Now for something new…

I’ve been thinking about the way I work and have decided to have a go at working from a paper copy of the manuscript. When I’m engaged in developmental editing I rely solely on my memory to pick out inconsistencies, which is peculiar, because while I can remember the intricate details and back-stories authors put into their characters and plots, I often forget to pick up the one item of shopping I went out for (usually bread, milk or sugar). One of the reasons for doing this is that I have a few manuscripts that are book ‘ones’ – and while I’m not presumptive enough to assume I will be assisting these authors with additional volumes in the series (although it would be great if I was) – I like to cover all eventualities. As a reader, inconsistencies bug me, and while I am adept at seeking them out in a single book, I need to prepare for the possibility of editing future books and maintaining that consistency through the series. Another reason is complexity. I pre-read all the manuscripts I work on and have a few that I feel are quite intricate and complex. Even before opening them up in a doc. file, I know there are plot threads I need to pay close attention to, not only for ease of readability from a new reader’s point of view,...

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Service agreement / contract

I had my first request from a client for a written agreement the other day (it was on my to-do list to do), which led to me spending hours scouring the internet for examples. A fellow editor very kindly shared a sample agreement with me, but I had to adapt it so it was specific to the service I offer. I could quite possibly have edited a smallish novella in the time it took me to put the agreement together, but I’m glad I spent the time on it, I feel a little bit more like a professional editor: now.     Developmental Editing Service Agreement. This Agreement is made between Michelle Dunbar (‘Editor’) and ___________ (‘Author’) regarding the manuscript detailed below: Working Title: ____________________________________________________ Length & Description of work(s): _____________________________________________   Editorial Tasks: Developmental editing includes two editing passes: Phase 1: The Editor will read the manuscript and make notes of inconsistencies, pacing issues and other instances of concern. Phase 2: Upon conclusion of phase 1 the Editor will use Word’s ‘track changes’ to make suggestions with regards to structure, plot, setting, pace, characterisation and other areas of concern and return the manuscript to the Author.   Delivery: Contingent on immediate signing of this Agreement and receipt of payment as agreed the developmental edit of the work will be delivered to the client no later than: ___________   Payment: The client(s) agree...

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