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Are you looking for an editor? I have experience editing novels for continuity and consistency, readability,  style, typos, spelling and grammar, historical and scientific plausibility,   American-isms vs English-isms, and more
I have worked with various authors, including   Novelist of British History Donna Fletcher Crow Fabulous Novelist Peter Joseph Swanson USA Today Bestselling author Aaron Paul Lazar USA Today Bestselling author Uvi Poznansky

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Recent posts

Come into my Parlor

I believe the spider once invited the fly into her parlour, or was it her parlor? The answer probably depends on whether you're English or American. But the question is, which spelling would you expect in a novel, and what difference would it make.

When a Regency heroine invites the "Honourable Fred" into her "parlour," English readers accept the words (and spellings) without a second thought, while American ones, those attuned to Jane Austen movies at least, hear and smile at a peculiarly English tone of voice. Meanwhile, when the Regency heroine says "parlor" (or "honor"), English readers hear an American voice, quickly setting the scene as somewhere across the Pond... but what do Americans hear? (Or Australians even?)
If it matters that your readers hear an English intonation, it might be good to use English spelling, in dialog at least. But that gives rise to the vexing question of what spelling to use in narration. Is the narrator Engli…

How to be invisible

Once upon a time--when the kids were young and phones were fastened to walls, in the days before computers, scanners, image editing software, and other wonders we now take for granted--I was asked to combine 60 self-portraits, drawn by three and four-year-olds, into one tea-towel sized image, with names of course. If you've ever looked at a three-year-old's self-portrait, you'll know it might be very strange and singularly oddly designed. Taking 60 such images, shrinking them down, fitting them together like a jigsaw... it was a time-consuming task. And I felt much like an art forger, trying to guess for each child, how did they hold the pencil, where did they first put it down, which way did they lean, how hard did they press, and how did they make that swirling shape at the end... After all, my job was to disappear, and only the children's artwork should be seen.

Now I edit essays and novels, and sometimes feel that same sense of forgery, learning the sound of the au…

Hymns Ancient and Modem

Did you spot the typo in the header?

Spotting weird typos can depend on several things:

What font is being used. Some fonts offer plenty of white space between letters; others run them together, which makes weird typos like this much harder to notice.How involved were you in the reading. Perhaps, like me, you tend to gloss over unimportant stuff like chapter headings - let me get to the story!If you already know what the words should say (if you're the author perhaps), why would see something different from what you expect?And of course, if the words are deep in a complex plot or argument, your brain may be just too busy understanding what's going on to spot what's not. Creating weird typos depends on several things too: Perhaps you typed "moderm" instead of "modern" and spell-check made the wrong guess.Perhaps you scanned in a document, and image-to-text failed to see the white space betweeen r and n.Perhaps you used text to speech and the words sounded …

Sheila Deeth on Computers

Once upon a time I had a job writing computer programs. And it was fun.

Then I had a job bringing up kids. That was fun too. Computers are a bit like kids - ridiculously literal, always looking for ways to trip you up if you make a mistake...

Then the kids got bigger and I got a job breaking computer programs. How cool it that? They paid me to break stuff. It couldn't last...

And now I'm jobless and the kids are grown. On the plus side, that means I have more time to write, which is what I really want to do. And it means I can play at blogging and creating a website, under the guise of "promoting" those books that I'm dreaming of selling.

If you want to know what hoops I've been jumping through to create this web site (with many thanks to blogger), just follow these links:

Turning a Blog into a Website 1
Turning a Blog into a Website 2

And for a curious but not necessarily profitable journey into the realm of webmaster tools:

Brands, Labels and Catchphrases 1
Brands, …

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