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Interview with an indie fiction specialist

Time for an in-depth conversation with an indie fiction specialist! The publishing landscape can be confusing – especially for first-time authors. Today’s guest, the indie fiction specialist Claire Cronshaw, seeks to change all that by answering some of the questions indie authors often ask. She specialises in SFF, romance, and women’s fiction and – as …

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First-person POV: Common problems and how to fix them

This blog post covers: What first-person POV is The advantages and disadvantages of using a first-person POV The two main types of first-person POV – embedded and retrospective Common problems and how to fix them The use of first-person POV in ethnography First-person POVs have become increasingly popular in various fiction genres over the past …

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Do I need to use a comma before ‘as’?

Is a comma before ‘as’ ever mandatory? Takeaway: A comma before ‘as’ hints at a break, which suggests ‘as’ is being used in the sense of ‘because’ A comma before ‘as’ to mean ‘because’ is not mandatory but can be helpful for clarity BUT: some editors argue that the comma before ‘as’ changes the meaning …

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What is line editing?

This post covers: Where the phrase line editing may have come from The difference between line editing and copyediting The difference between line editing and heavy copyediting What fiction line editing involves So, what is line editing exactly? It has something to do with lines or sentences, right? Yes, but other kinds of edits involve …

Are copyeditors prescriptivists? From patriotism to inclusive language

This post covers: Definitions of prescriptivism and prescriptivists Types of prescriptive language use Prescriptivism in Croatia Prescriptivism in English-language editing Conscious and inclusive language In today’s blog post I’ll cover different kinds of prescriptive language use. Let’s start by asking: What are prescriptivists? First, there is no firm consensus among linguists on this, so the …

Is using italics for non-English words exoticising?

This post discusses: certain common situations when italics are used issues in using italics for non-English words in fiction common reasons why cultural anthropologists italicise non-English words Editing and language change One of the most exciting things about working as an editor is observing language change firsthand. Language and society are closely linked. And many …

Business report: on the cusp of year four!

The UK tax year just ended (on 5 April). The Narrative Craft will be three years old on 1 May, so it seemed like a good time to get some insight. In this blog post, I’ll cover what clients and services I’ve dropped, how my business has changed, and what (and who) made the last …

National canons, literary fiction, and traditional publishing

Census time! This week I came unstuck when filling in the Scottish census. “What do you feel is your national identity?” I don’t feel any national connection with Englishness, Scottishness, Britishness, or otherwise. If pushed, I’d probably describe myself as a New Scot as this seems inclusive and relatively fluid. These questions are really complex …