Accountability Group

Read time: 3 mins Mmm, I wonder how those started and who had the inspiration to run the first accountability group – no, stop! I must not allow myself to drop into my preferred research mode and out of the sleeves-rolled-up-action state. So still I could not tell you who ran the first one but I did it –Continue reading “Accountability Group”

How to Present Your Book Manuscript to Another Reader

Read time: 2 mins Once your first draft is done, and you have taken a well-earned break, the manuscript will need some more work. You may make further drafts and do some self-editing. Then could be when you feel it is ready for someone else to read. If your presentation lacks uniformity you should consider resolving this before anyoneContinue reading “How to Present Your Book Manuscript to Another Reader”

How Long Should My Book Be?

Read time: 3 mins Often writers will ask me variations of the question ‘how many words make a proper book?’ This question suggests the questioner is probably a new writer. They may not have spent long looking at the type of books they are writing or aspire to write. As with many questions about writing, my immediate thought is,Continue reading “How Long Should My Book Be?”


Resources for Authors

Read time: < 1 min Help yourself to anything handy. If you would like me to email you when I add new items drop me your email address. How to find an editor you trust Here is a booklet of what to consider when you are selecting an editor to collaborate with. You will be looking for a good matchContinue reading “Resources for Authors”

How to Write Speech in Fiction

Read time: 8 mins Being clear about a few style choices and applying them consistently can make all the difference to writing speech and although it should not be a main priority when a first draft is being set down, it is good to try to standardise in the second and subsequent versions of a manuscript.

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Honesty About Perfect Writing

Read time: 2 mins I think honesty from the outset about the quality of writing is important. Clients sometimes ask for their manuscript to be edited to be perfect, but quality in writing has a subjective component. There will be improvement but perfection is an elusive aim.


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