Springtime Check-in with Cartoon
Hope everyone is enjoying spring! The San Francisco weather alternates between beautiful and summery and foggy and windy, so I’m getting a little of everything at the moment. I came across a cartoon strip in the Fussy Librarian newsletter that cracked me up. Jefferson Smith is a renaissance man (not literally!) who cartoons, writes, and…
Edit for Indies Joins Facebook!
Psst… Edit for Indies finally has its own Facebook page! Here it is: http://www.facebook.com/Edit4indies. Feel free to Like the page and to contact me that way, if you prefer. I will be posting regular updates as time allows.
Client spotlight: Christina Pilz’s ‘Fagin’s Boy’
Back around November of last year, I was contacted by a writer called Christina Pilz, asking me if I was free to do a critique of her already published historical novel, Fagin’s Boy. The intriguing thing about her book was that it was a sequel to Oliver Twist with an M/M slant, where Oliver and…
Happy New Year
We’re almost at the point of seeing the old year out. I want to thank all my clients for a strong year in 2014! I feel lucky to have a varied and interesting bunch of writers who entrust their creative work to Edit for Indies. In that spirit of gratitude, I finally went ahead and…
Ebola…Now a Global Crisis
Originally posted on Gabriella West: Nasty, isn’t it? I’ve been following the course of the Ebola outbreak with increasing dread. The Ebola virus was discovered in 1976 but never spread outside remote African villages till the latest outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, where the disease is taking a devastating toll right now. I…
Summer 2014 Wrap-up
Thanks to everyone who participated in the writers’ poll! The results stayed fairly steady: Sci-Fi/Fantasy was number one and Romance came in at #2, followed by a tie between Literary Fiction and “Other.” I realize that I didn’t set an option for nonfiction books, which probably make up a large chunk of the “other” responses. Due to several recent…
Something new: a poll for my blog readers
Having never done a poll, I’m curious to see how this turns out! Thanks in advance for answering the question.
From The Red Line: Top 7 Misused Expressions
Freelance copy editor Kate Hamill has a blog called The Red Line; her columns run on Freelancers Union, which is where I noticed them. One thing I like about her posts is that it is great to have an authoritative answer on grammar/word issues. Judging by the funny comments on her blog posts, many editors…
It’s National Proofreading Day
March 8th is National Proofreading Day. I didn’t know about this—did you? It’s not on calendars (yet) and the Google doodle is still up for International Women’s Day—check it out if you haven’t, it’s a lovely, lighthearted piece. In fact, it was a new follower on my Twitter account @editforindies who alerted me to the…
Please, Mr. Postette
Originally posted on Gabriella West: The East Bay Express ran an interesting story last month about a Berkeley (or Oakland) man who leaves colorful Post-it notes—expressing various positive sentiments—all over town (on bikes, bus windows, cafe tables). The man prefers to remain anonymous; the article calls him Mr. Postette. And he’s doing it for the…