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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. …

Course Review – CIEP Copyediting 2: Headway

After completing the PTC Basic Proofreading course last summer, I decided to enrol on Copyediting 2: Headway immediately. Why? Because I’ve been working as a line- and copyeditor full-time for 18 months, and part-time for several years. When I started the course, I thought I would sail through. And yes, I didn’t find the course …

What makes a good translation?

In today’s blog post I give my answer to these two questions: What skills does a translator need? Can academic researchers translate texts in their field well? A few years ago, I came across a journal offering a prize for (unpaid) quality translation of famous academic texts. This led to an argument with a friend …

How much does editing cost?

This post on how much editing costs covers: lower and upper limits on price the importance of time as a resource when to hire an editor what kind of editor to hire Prices for book editing vary widely. The field is unregulated, which means that anyone can offer their services as an editor or proofreader. …

an editor called Nick waving in front of his computer and a rainbow flag.

Guest feature: editing LGBTQ+ fiction

This week we have a guest feature about editing LGBTQ+ fiction on the blog! Those of you familiar with my background will know I have a background in LGBTQ activism and sport. I was therefore thrilled to learn of an editor, Nick Taylor, who works with the LGBTQ writing community. I asked him a few …

The PTC Basic Proofreading Course – A Review

What this post on the PTC Basic Proofreading course covers: The topics in the PTC Basic Proofreading course My personal experience of the course How my clients benefited From October 2019–July 2020 I completed the Publishing Training Centre’s Essential Proofreading course. The course aims to take you from being an absolute beginner at proofreading to …

The Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on My Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has already reshaped our relation to work and life in big ways. Certain sectors will never be the same again, while some are working under extreme pressure (respect to all health workers!). The pandemic has already hit many small and medium-sized companies badly. This is especially true of those that rely on …