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Book review: Networking for Freelance Editors

Networking for Freelance Editors: Practical Strategies for Networking Success by Brittany Dowdle, Linda Ruggeri Find out more on their website here Network like a heroine! Networking can seem scary and intimidating. No more so than for introverts, of whom there are many in the editorial world. This book aims to change this perception! On the first few …

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Filter words: how to include thoughts and feelings in ethnography

This blog post covers: Narrative distance in ethnography Filter words and reported thought Fiction writers are lucky! They have a range of options they can use to describe characters’ thoughts and feelings. In creative non-fiction, there are a few more constraints. We can’t go head-hopping or second guessing the thoughts of characters in a memoir …

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Thinking through points of view (POV) in ethnographic writing

This post: Covers the basics of POV in fiction writing Examines the use of the first person limited in ethnography Discusses possible pitfalls What is POV? Points of view (POVs) are present in all texts. Put simply, they are the position from which the narrative is being told. In academic non-fiction, authors often jump between …

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Leaving academia: how to leave and start an editorial business

This post on leaving academia and starting an editorial business covers: Skills you already have Skills and knowledge needed to successfully transition from academia to running an editorial business Copyediting and the pitfall of prestige When I hit thirty, I started thinking about exit strategies from academia. While I loved the research, writing, sharing of …

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Course Review – CIEP Copyediting 3: Progress

Phew! I’ve finally made it to the end of the CIEP’s copyediting suite. This consists of three courses, the first of which is an introduction. The second is an assessed course with tutor feedback on three assignments. The final course – Copyediting 3 (Progress) – includes some more challenging kinds of material. In today’s blog …

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The Save the Cat beat sheet: a cultural anthropological approach

Blake Snyder’s book Save the Cat! offers a blueprint for screenwriters on how to draft a successful film script. Drawing on his experience as a screenwriter in Hollywood, the book outlines a save the cat beat sheet that describes the different points and pacing in many winning films. Somewhat later, Jessica Brody transformed the insights …

Cultural worldbuilding in your SFF novel

Today’s blog post looks at cultural worldbuilding. That is, the different ways of thinking about and representing cultures in your SFF book. I have also touched on these themes in the Worldbuilding Q&A. How do writers use culture? In everyday talk, people often use culture as another word for ‘national culture’ or interpreted as something …

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Developmental Editing by Scott Norton: a review

Check out the book What is developmental editing exactly? Very occasionally, when I receive a text for copyediting I realise that it isn’t ready and needs much more work. Rather than waste my time and the author’s money, I suggest that they work on the text some more or consider working with a developmental editor. …

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Worldbuilding: from style sheets to Snowpiercer

This is the first in a series of blog posts on issues that relate to worldbuilding in science fiction and fantasy writing. You’ve written your book and sent it to the publisher or editor. Sometime later you receive a marked-up manuscript with a style sheet. Editorial worldbuilding Style sheets could be described as editorial worldbuilding. …