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February editing plans

February editing plans

I’ve been a little tied up since the start of the year with University coursework and assignments. The last module of my degree is certainly intense, we’re reading and studying a Shakespeare play every two weeks, with an assignment every four. Still, enough about that. Plans for this month include editing a short story, a novella and a novel (possibly two). I’m also learning the ropes with regards to book promotion, twitter hash-tags and search engine optimisation while trying to help some author friends out with their promotion. Another thing I need to sit down and write a business plan in preparation for launching as […]

Posted 6 February, 2015 by Michelle in Blog, Uncategorised / 0 Comments

Developmental edit completed

I have had the pleasure of reading and feeding back on a young adult dystopian manuscript over the last few days, which as it turns out, is one of my favourite genres within science-fiction – I just can’t get enough of them. I’ve read more of this sub-genre than I’ve blogged about, and I find myself genuinely fascinated by the writers different interpretations of a dystopian world, the conflicts that might arise and how their characters engage and overcome the said conflicts. Photograph courtesy of        

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. […]

Posted 14 November, 2014 by Michelle in Blog, Editing Projects / 0 Comments

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 few days), so I have a […]

Posted 8 November, 2014 by Michelle in Blog, Editing Projects / 0 Comments

Sfep Membership Update

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.  

Society for Editors and Proofreaders (UK)

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 I don’t mind because it will […]


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. […]

Posted 2 November, 2014 by Michelle in Blog, Updates / 0 Comments