Author: Michelle

Another editing job completed

It took me a little while, but I have just this moment managed to complete another book editing project. I’ve read the manuscript twice so far, owing to the fact I like to read through it first as a reader, and worry about the editing/feedback side of things during a second read. It is more time consuming, but I don’t mind, because it helps me get into the nitty-gritty on the second read – without getting caught up in the story. It’s a great book, which i can’t say too much about just yet, but I was hooked on this one from the first page. I found the main character very engaging (just loved him), detested the antagonist, and liked the fact that during my first read, there were certain parts where I could not put the book down. So now it’s complete, and time to send it back to the writer,  it’s my turn to be nervous. I’m quite happy sitting here, deleting a word here, adding a word there, but when the time comes to send the edited manuscript back, I’m sure my nerves are far greater then the writer who sent it to...

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Editing plans: week commencing 9th November

I have a busy few days of editing ahead of me. Having calmed down from my excitement of joining the Society of Editors and Proofreaders, it’s time to throw my energy back into editing. I have three projects I want to work on this week: One novel is undergoing a general edit, a second novel requires a copy-edit of the first three chapters and development/general editing on the remainder, and the third novel (young adult) is going through an initial developmental edit. I intend to devote a few hours to each of these projects today (and indeed the next...

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Sfep Membership Update

I received a lovely email this morning from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, confirming my application had been successful and informing me that I am from this moment on an associate member. My next step is to undertake my first training course with them – Proofreading – and I’m going to sign up for that in early December, to avoid it  clashing with my university assignment. I’m feeling rather proud of myself at the moment. Next on the to do list is make my business venture legitimate and register with  Inland Revenue....

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Society for Editors and Proofreaders (UK)

As part of my plan to become a ‘professional editor,’ I have today submitted my application to join the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, which is a UK association. I’ve spent many an hour on their website, reading up on various levels of membership, training courses and other such advice. I shall start on the bottom rung of the ‘virtual’ ladder – as an Associate Member – and from what I’ve read, I then have to pass certain criteria to progress to an Ordinary Member. It’s a long process for someone like myself who is just starting out, but...

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Decisions…decisions…

I’ve been editing and beta-reading since June now (on a voluntary basis) as I wanted to establish a few facts; the first was to gauge whether a home-based career in beta-reading/editing was viable. The second was to establish working practices, such as assessing the functionality of software like Microsoft’s track changes, methods of providing feedback etc. The third reason – and perhaps most important reason of all – was to establish if I was any good at it; there is, after all, a huge difference between writer friends telling you your feedback is good and that of a complete stranger preparing their work for publication. Well, I’ve not had any complaints yet (that I’m aware of) so I have decided to take the next step towards becoming a professional freelance editor, which is where the title of this post comes in. I’ve spent a lot of time researching freelance editors and noticed that while some used their real names, there were others using business names, which lead to me to wonder if I should do the same. I worried that I might not be taken seriously using my real name, but having had a discussion with a few friends, it would seem that my initial decision to use my real name is the preferred option. My next step is to register with Inland Revenue as a sole trader, and...

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