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ANNOUNCEMENT: SYPLaunch – Society of Young Publishers’ Mentoring Scheme Mentee!


When I first made the decision to go freelance, I was quite scared about the future. I was worried about the unstable nature of working for myself, let alone starting my business whilst thousands of miles from home and having no real business experience whatsoever. I looked at myself and thought, ‘Are you winging this?’ However, what I did have was lots of enthusiasm, editorial experience and a voracious love of crime, thriller and suspense fiction.

This is why I love my job, because I get to do what I love every day.

But that only happens because of my lovely authors.

So, my priority at Rebecca Millar Editorial is to provide the highest quality and most up-to-date editorial advice to my authors so that I can really help them along the road to their publishing dreams. I want you to be a successful author as much as you do!


In this way, I’m always trying to improve the service packages I offer so that I can ensure I’m giving my authors the what they need.

Therefore, I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been selected for this year’s Society of Young Publisher’s Mentoring Scheme in the inaugural year of #SYPLaunch, which focuses on mentoring freelancers and entrepreneurs like me in the publishing world, working with us to build our businesses so that we can continue to help our authors.

I’m super excited to be working with my mentor and multi-talented superstar Abiola Bello author and co-founder of The Author School. We’ll be working together on how I can make Rebecca Millar Editorial the best it can be, so I can then continue to help make your manuscripts the best they can be too!

Can you tell I’m rather excited?

You can find out more about the Society of Young Publishers and the mentoring programme here.

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A Handy Guide to Publishing Your Manuscript: LET’S GET PUBLISHED by Val Penny – Book Review

It’s safe to say that to new writers and authors, once you leave the seclusion of your writing desk, the world of PUBLISHING is a little daunting? There is so much jargon, so many processes, ways to do things, ways not to do things, that it can all be a bit much! When I first joined the industry, I was a little flummoxed too. I loved books more than anything, but I didn’t understand a think about how a book was actually made.

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Meet the Editor – My Reading Life

DSC_5751_1One of the most effective ways of improving your skills as a writer is to research. And what does research involve? Reading! And lots of it. I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to read around your genre, whether it’s police procedural or epic romance. Knowing your market not only helps improve your craft but also shows publisher and agents that you know what you’re talking about. You know the market you’re writing in to – it’s not a romantic image, but it’s the truth.

So, I was tagged in a challenge the other day on Instagram (if you’re not following me, go check out my page for exclusive content including reviews, behinds the scenes sneak-peeks and tips.) As an editor, I do even more reading for both the manuscripts I’m working on but also in my own time. So check it out…

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Book Review – The Girl on the Page, John Purcell …

… and a defence of commercial fiction.

39726936As an editor, I was completely drawn to the cover of The Girl on the Page. Funnily enough, not for the reasons those of us who work in the publishing industry would want us to – yes, we design books so that you do judge them by their covers – but because it was covered in all the tools of my trade. I thought the cover design was so clever, using proofreading symbols and other editorial mark-ups to create the cover and marketing copy. Ingenius. I was bound to like this from the start.

It was always a joke around the lunch table with my colleagues when I worked in-house that someone should write a book about the mad world of publishing. But it seems that John Purcell has beat me to it.

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Are you on Facebook?

Because, I am!

As of today, Rebecca Millar Editorial has a Facebook presence. Come join the conversation and like the page for exclusive content, discounts (coming soon) as well as all the usual bookish goodness. I’ll be sharing writing tips and prompts to help get the creative juices flowing, as well as shout outs and author interviews.  So come on down, and say hi via the link.

Also, if you are on Instagram, come follow my Bookstagram account on Instagram for more reviews, behind the scenes insights and general life updates – there will be kangaroos!

Looking forward to chatting!

Rebecca x

As always, if you have a writing project that you think needs some editorial advice, get in touch and I’d love to be able to discuss how we can work together. Just get in touch via the contact page.

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Book Review – The Passengers, John Marrs

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As I sit here, typing this book review on my phone to sing the praises of a book now available as a digital download, which I will upload to social media via my laptop with a photo taken on my digital camera, it’s pretty evident that modern life is technology. And I wouldn’t be without it! It means I can talk to my friends and family back home despite being thousands of miles away. It means I can do the job I love from my house. I navigated our way to this beautiful holiday cottage where I currently sit using the maps system on phone. Everything nowadays is Smart.

As much as technology is a force for good, John Marrs’ new novel THE PASSENGERS takes us on a gripping thrill ride that questions the role technology plays in our lives but the moral quandaries that new digital advances bring.

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Love What You Do

The job of an editor...

Did you know that yesterday was the International Day of Happiness?

I was certainly feeling very joyous, enjoying a lovely break before starting back to work today. This morning, there was, of course, a case of the post-holiday blues but it is so much easier to get back to work when you love what you do.

And I couldn’t be happier with my job. Being an editor has always been my dream, ever since I was small. Surrounded by books and words all day was my idea of heaven – even if my eyesight has suffered for it. It was amazing working in-house at a publisher, which I always thought was the end-goal, but going freelance has been just fabulous! It’s hard work and certainly not easy being your own boss – seriously need to curb the “snack” runs – but it is so invigorating. I get to work with the most talented individuals, publishers, authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers, other small businesses, and that is such an honour.

It’s the simple things in life that make me happy: a cup of tea in the morning, walks in the fresh air with loved ones, curling up with a good book. But what they say is true, if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.