What Does an Editor Do?, Writing Tips and Tricks

Should I publish by book in British or American English?

Across the Pond: Translating English into, well, English.

One of my first jobs of 2021 was a little different to my normal fare but one that also got me thinking. Not only because it was a speculative novel that transported the to the not-so-distant future and questioned the role of AI and also what it means to be human, but also because I was tasked with translating the novel from English, into… English!

Now you may well be scratching your head, but to clarify, I was translating the text from American English to British English. Why do that, you ask? They’re the same language, right? Well, yes, but also no. And depending on your aims when you’re publishing your manuscript, which you choose could be very important.

Image credit: The Jenkins comic strip
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Writing Tips and Tricks

Fancy your chances?

Crime and Thriller Writing Competitions and Awards

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to embrace the bold and send your finished manuscript out into the world, now’s the perfect time. With the publishing world awash with competitions and awards right now, why not give it a go? 

Read on for some great suggestions to get started – especially for my crime and thriller authors

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Book Review

Festive Crime and Thriller Reads for the Holidays

Christmas time is not only a time for joy and laughter, but it’s also a time to take a step back and slow down; enjoy some time to kick back and relax after what has, quite frankly, been one heck of a year. With that in mind, I’ve curated a list of Christmas-themed crime and thriller novels to get you in the mood for the holidays and for you to indulge in with your favourite tipple and a mince pice. These reads will have you gripped to the edge of your seat from Christmas Eve all the way to New Years day!

Whether you’re looking for a read for yourself, or a present for the crime fiction lover in your life, click the images to find out more – and try to shop indie if you can! If you’re after gift ideas for your writer friends, check out my Shop Small Gift Guide for writers, or why not give the gift of editing this year?

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Coffee with Colleagues, What Does an Editor Do?, Writing Tips and Tricks

Coffee with Colleagues: Audiobooks

One of the best parts of working in book publishing is that some of the most gifted, talented, fun and just generally great people form the majority of the workforce. We are all united by the love of the written word, but each person has such a wide variety of skills and knowledge that even if you’ve worked with someone for years, they’ll still surprise you with a little nugget of wisdom when you least expect it.

However, now that the whole world has effectively moved to working from home, I thought it would be lovely to reach out to the publishing community and get to know some of my colleagues in the industry a little more – albeit over a Zoom chat, rather than the lunches and coffees that publishing professionals are known for.

For today’s chat, I decided to venture into the realm of something a little different and record our interview as a video – can’t have an audiobook interview without audio?! – so check out the video below to hear myself in conversation with Elliott Frisby of Monkeynut Audiobooks and Sound discussing the the tips and tricks you need to know if you’re considering producing an audio version of your book.

How to Publish an Audiobook
with Elliott Frisby, Monkeynut Audiobooks and Sound

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Writing Tips and Tricks

Shop Small Christmas Gift Guide: Festive gift ideas for writers and bookworms

This year has been tough for everyone, so those Black Friday bargains last week would have been hard to resist this time around, but please do spare a thought to the small businesses that really need your help this year too. The shops that have had to close their doors, the pubs and restaurants that have been unable to welcome customers at their busiest time of year.

So if you partook of the bargains this year, if you can spare even a little bit of the money you’ve saved on a steal of a deal, please consider making a purchase – no matter how little – from a small business as well as we prepare for the festive season, because when you shop small this Christmas, somewhere a real person will be doing a grateful happy dance.

Here’s a list of my favourite small businesses who are offering some fabulous gift ideas this year – the perfect present for the writer in your life.

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What Does an Editor Do?, Writing Tips and Tricks

Gift Vouchers Now Available!

I think, it’s safe to say that 2020 has been quite a year! So, although normally I am one to reserve my festive frivolity until December, this time around, I think we could all do with a little more cheer a little earlier this year. Which is why I’m happy to announce that this year I’m offering gift vouchers – the perfect gift for the writer in your life!

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Writing Tips and Tricks

Getting it Right: Where Crime Fiction meets Real Life.

Being a CSI for a Day

My earliest memories of crime fiction were the evenings spent curled up on the sofa with my mum and sister watching CSI. Every Saturday night (we have to record it, you see, as it was on too late for us kids), we’d be poised and ready for the latest investigation, and I can still remember the excitement with the drums of New York, those distinctive chords of Las Vegas, or the roar of ‘Yeaaaaaah’ for Miami! (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you have homework to do, now! It’s also my first introduction to The Who, so an added bonus!) We were totally hooked as the teams would use the evidence to uncover the truth; we loved the mystery of the story unfolding, the piecing together of the puzzle – so much so that my sister was actually going to study forensic science for a while before she decided to investigate some older bones and study archaeology. And then the next day, I’d rush into school to chat to my best friend about everything that happened in the show.

It’s safe to say, CSI captured my imagination a bit.

So, imagine my delight, stuck in Lockdown 2.0, when I discovered that The Crime Lab – run by former Scotland Yard detectives Steve and Kate Gaskin – was organising a whole day all about what it’s like to investigate a crime! True Crime Festival was an immersive day with forensics experts and former police officers, talking all things crime scene investigation (or scene of crime (officers) (SOCO) in the UK).

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