My take on things

29
Jun
2017

Why I bought book 2 – it wasn’t just the clever marketing

A free eBook to attract readers to buy ‘book 2’ can work – so why have I only done it once? What were the turn-offs, are there solutions, and just what did that one author do that saw me going on to buy her next two books?


31
May
2017

The 'dark side' of editing?

It's one thing to standardise spelling to local norms, it's quite another to edit out the writer's ‘voice’. Is the routine editing of fiction into American English for the US market the 'dark side' of editing?


26
Apr
2017

The best editing job I (didn't) do

Some of his word choices were so odd I was totally flummoxed as what actual word should be used....yet strangely, the piece flowed...


23
Mar
2017

My Siamese fighting fish called Ian

Fishy advice about the alt_img tag: or how to annoy the vision impaired

An article suggesting you stuff your website's image description boxes with search keywords? Obviously the writer had never sat in front of a computer, blindfolded, and relied on a screen reader...


28
Feb
2017

My black and white dog Rosie

Punctuation: it's black and white

Lots of websites poke fun at bad grammar. Funny yes, but I also suffer a twinge of guilt laughing at someone else's expense. So, it was refreshing to come across a ‘grammar’ story with a feel-good vibe. A story where the loser was petty bureaucracy and the underdog triumphed.


18
Jan
2017

My large,fluffy silver-tabby cat

If you can’t go easy on the adjectives, know the rules

If I didn’t have the photo, and wanted to describe my cat, I would say he is a large, fluffy, silver-tabby cat, and by ordering the adjectives as I have, I have unconsciously followed the grammatical rule as to the order of adjectives.


23
Dec
2016

An editor's Christmas gift - my top blogging tip

Her top blogging tip? You WON'T BELIEVE what she wrote!


24
Nov
2016

Real estate and the gentle art of editing

“What’s an editor do?"
I’m amazed at how many times I have been asked that. To explain the role of an editor, and how one can help you with your website, blog or e-book, I will use a simple analogy which I think everyone will understand.


18
Oct
2016

My rough collie Dany who is my Facebook profile picture

A tale of two forums – lessons for the newbie networker

Being brand spanking new to the world of small business it seemed a good idea to seek out some support networks – but I was soon to discover there are forums, and then there are forums.


06
Sep
2016

Cartoon picture of woman with bright blue hair

Greypreneur? Talk to my colourist!

“Oh *chortle chortle* – those old folks are starting their own businesses!” At least that’s the subtext I get when I see this new, made-up, word. Personally, I don’t find it that funny. There is a serious reason why older workers are setting themselves up as self-employed...