Correct use of punctuation is not just essential for clarity – it’s one important way to inject variety into your writing. Variety is the spice of life, y’all. For example:
The dog’s name was Frank. He had black fur. He liked to eat avocados. His best friend was Olivia. She was a Siamese cat.
Staccato sentences like … Continue Reading
Recently, I’ve been putting out editorial flames all over the place, and as a result I’ve neglected my jotter. Never fear! A recent trip to Leeds, which included rain, delicious falafel and a couple of delayed trains, provided a few brilliant #shouldhavehiredaproofreader spots from some big-spending brands. Shame they didn’t have money in the budget … Continue Reading
Yay! Exciting news! I’m pleased to announce that I have been selected for a literature residency programme in Krakow, Poland. I will be spending October 2017 living and working in this amazing city and attending the Joseph Conrad International Literature Festival. The programme is for young (yeah, still got it!) and emerging writers from other … Continue Reading
If you work in the world of books then spring means one thing: LBF. The book fair is one of the essential pit stops on the international publishing circuit. It’s where deals are done, rights are sold, and everyone can have a good ol’ nosy at what the competition is up to.
As an author and editor, … Continue Reading
Pointing out other people’s errors can be a thankless job. After all, nobody likes to be told they’re wrong. Editors and proofreaders are the unsung heroes of all the things we read. From signage to websites, they swoop in and snuff out tiny mistakes before they become full-blown billboardian disasters.
Unfortunately, unlike Marvel’s band of misfits, who … Continue Reading
In these uncertain times, it’s nice to know that some things are the way they are, and that’s that. No matter how many ‘alternative facts’ people might be flinging around about really important world issues, when it comes to spelling, grammar, and punctuation, there are some hard and fast rules you can live by.
However, there … Continue Reading
There’s nothing that irks me more than when a company has spent heaps of money on marketing, advertising or promotional materials but has failed to pay a proofreader. When you decide, or when the agency you’ve hired decides, not to pay a proofreader, there’s a chance all that hard work and all the money it costs … Continue Reading
If you were thinking, “Where can I get a little bit more info about the Amazing Sarah Herman?” then please take a look at my Society for Editors and Proofreaders profile, which went live on the society’s directory recently. I’m a very proud Advanced Professional Member and hope lots of lovely new clients will find … Continue Reading
As the colossal mess that was 2016 draws to a close, I thought I’d leave you with a little year-end tip for how to correctly greet your fellow revelers in writing this weekend.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are holidays, and like Christmas, Ramadan, Passover and Halloween they’re capitalized. You should also capitalize their … Continue Reading
Seeing as it’s that time of year, when everyone is giving gifts and spreading the love like warm Nutella, I thought I’d share a little joy of my own by helping you solve a common wish-list writing dilemma:
Should I use e.g. or i.e.?
In general, I try to avoid both and write out what I mean in … Continue Reading