The 27th annual SfEP conference

It’s been a couple of days since I returned from my second SfEP (Society for Editors and Proofreaders) conference, and I’ve just about regained the power of speech, although I can’t guarantee this blog will make 100% sense (but when do they ever?!). As expected, I...

Editing is just using spell check, right?

Random person: Oh you’re an editor? That means you correct mistakes, right? Can’t a spell-checker do that? I read a book and spotted a typo once; maybe I should be an editor! *chortle, guffaw, splutter* Me: *pleasant smile while my soul is dying*  Sure, when I edit...

Imposter syndrome and editing

I’ve been inspired to write this blog after a few discussions online in various editing groups over the last few weeks. It’s come to my attention that something is rife among my editing colleagues – and it doesn’t seem to care if you’ve been editing for three days or...

Making mistooks

There’s no feeling quite like it. Full of excitement and anticipation, you open the first proper copy of your new book. And immediately, you spot a typo. Believe me: if you feel bad, spare a thought for your poor editor. We hate mistakes. It’s our job to stop...

Finding the right editor for you

Finding an editor is easy. Finding the right editor is another matter entirely. You’ve probably done your fair share of googling, had a look around various forums, maybe had a peek at social media, but you’re already overwhelmed. It’s hardly surprising – there are a...