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Introducing our Junior Editor… AKA my son

Introducing our Junior Editor… AKA my son

I was talking to an author recently in need of some young eyes on her children’s book, and being the mother of two avid readers, offered the services of my sons. It’s doubtful my eldest will read it mind you, despite being a high-level reader, he’s not really into fiction books, but my youngest is in the author’s target audience age range for the book and has adopted the title ‘Junior Editor’ (it has more of a ring to it than ‘Junior beta-reader’). So, armed with highlighter pens, the ‘Junior Editor’ is reading through the first couple of chapters, highlighting words he doesn’t understand and […]

Posted 12 December, 2015 by Michelle in Blog, Junior Editor / 0 Comments

From developmental to proofreading (Black Friday limited offer)

From developmental to proofreading (Black Friday limited offer)

Just to get into the spirit of the Black Friday madness presently sweeping the country, and after consultation with a fellow SfEP registered editor, Steve Frost, of Steve Frost Editing Services I… well… we, have a time (and availability) limited offer for you: For just £825, your book will receive a full developmental edit, a complete copyedit and proofread. (Usual price £1,100). This offer is for works of fiction only and applies to book of up to 100,000 words. No erotica will be accepted. The Editing Process?  Both Michelle Dunbar and Steve Frost have booking slots available for 2016. After an initial discussion, Michelle Dunbar […]

Posted 27 November, 2015 by Michelle in Blog, editing, Packages / 0 Comments

Advertising and Amazon and stats

Advertising and Amazon and stats

This is one of those posts where I witter on about my favourite subject – stats. I love them. Can’t get enough of them. So imagine my excitement last night when I clicked on a teensy weensy arrow in my Amazon affiliate area and it told me just how many times the direct url (the one I put in Twitter or website) had been clicked. Oh, I was in my element last night I can tell you. What it told me was that all the one-off tweets/FB/Google plus shares (the one I send when I list a book) get one or two link clicks, but the […]

Posted 24 November, 2015 by Michelle in Blog, Marketing / 0 Comments

How exciting – A letter from America…

How exciting – A letter from America…

Yes, that’s right, I got a letter from America, well, technically, it was a package – a book to be precise – but not just any book – Oh, no. This is a book I helped edit. I ‘met’ the author, R.R.Virdi, in a Facebook writing group when I was starting out editing. In fact, if I remember rightly, he had posted a comment in a thread about the Open University’s Start Writing Fiction course (free) on OpenLearn. We got chatting and he mentioned he had a book, while I happened to mention that I was a wannabe-editor in need of manuscripts to practice on […]

Posted 22 November, 2015 by Michelle in Blog, Testimonials / 0 Comments

Emotion Amplifiers

Emotion Amplifiers

Anyone I edit for will have heard me wittering on about a book called the Emotion Thesaurus (and if you haven’t you will – trust me on that). In my opinion this book is a must have for any writer of fiction. Once upon a time my characters went a little overboard with all their nodding, smirking, shrugging and whispering (like every few pages overboard, sometimes more). The Emotion Thesaurus cured me of this, allowing me to use other mannerisms to show the same emotion without having the poor reader roll their eyes in the frustration of ‘seeing’ another nod, smirk etc… Actually, I went on […]

Posted 19 November, 2015 by Michelle in Blog / 0 Comments

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 […]

Posted 13 September, 2015 by Michelle in Blog / 0 Comments

BA (Hons) English Literature

BA (Hons) English Literature

I am thrilled – no, ecstatic – no, amazed, that after six years of study with the Open University I have been awarded a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English Literature. It has been a long journey (mostly enjoyable) although there were a few times when I nearly gave up, plus I chopped and changed degree ‘pathways’ at least four times. Being taken on as an intern for an independent publishing company (Hawkins Publishing Group) in 2013/14 gave me a focus, however. It rekindled my love for getting into the nitty gritty of story development (and gave me a taste for editing). It […]


Independently (self-published) books / book promotion

It has taken me a while, but through the course of promoting books for free on my other site, and through several engagements with independent authors, I have come to a decision as to what direction to take with this site. While I am keen to continue writing about all things science fiction and fantasy (and subgenres thereof) I also intend to promote independent books with a high standard of writing. At present, I am working my way through my book promotion website and checking Kindle samples for quality writing (and removing those that do not fit the criteria). I would, in a nutshell, like […]

Posted 15 June, 2015 by Michelle in Blog, Marketing, Promotion, Quality Writing / 0 Comments

End of an era…

End of an era…

It’s been a long and drawn out process (mainly because I kept changing my mind about what degree to take), but I am pleased to report, that at 1pm, yesterday afternoon, I completed my English Literature BA (Hons) degree. After nine months of studying Shakespeare, and a total of seven years of part-time home-study, my journey to obtain an undergraduate degree came to an end. I found the course tremendously hard, owing to its fast pace, but thoroughly enjoyed the revision time. I went to the exam confident of success, wrote what felt like a spectacular question first answer (at the time), and then proceeded to […]


Steve Frost Editing

Steve Frost Editing

Juggling editing and university work has been a challenge over recent months. Saying that, I’ve still managed to churn out a couple of book edits a month, so although I’ve been a little slower than I like, I’ve managed to keep on top of things. In June, I’ll be sitting the final exam for my degree, and as I have decided to become a model student in May (and do nothing but revise), I’m using April to finish the last few books I offered to edit for free. I’ve been doing this for nearly a year now and have thoroughly enjoyed myself, but the time has […]