Adverbs have received a bad rap over the years. Many authors diligently avoid words ending with -ly. Yet, those little devils may sneak in without notice. I love a well-placed adverb. Used sparingly, it can help set the tone or add just the right detail to a mental image. By definition, an adverb describes or … Continue reading Adverbs: The Uninvited Guests
Ever wonder about the parents of your favorite hero or heroine? Meredith Bond is answering that question with a parent novella collection for The Merry Men Regency series. This has been an entertaining series to edit. I've read the original series and loved finding out how the main characters came to be. When Hearts Rebel … Continue reading When Hearts Rebel by Meredith Bond
We'd like to share the Washington's Post list of winning words with alternate meanings. Do you have a favorite? I loved #9 and #14. More clever wordplay courtesy of The Yeshiva World. dilate: live long abominable: a bull that swallowed a bomb professor: opposite of confessor pharmacist: a farm hand psychopath: crazy paving agog: a … Continue reading Grammar Giggles: Weekend Word Warrior
The Editing Hall is thrilled to announce that one of our clients, Kishan Paul, has received the PenCraft Book of the Year award. "The Second Wife is a powerful new epic that Paul has adroitly woven the prickly threads of religion, politics, race, sin, and redemption into a thing of terrible beauty." This is the … Continue reading PenCraft Book of the Year: The Second Wife by Kishan Paul
Proofreading ANY work is crucial. It not only results in professional and easy-to-read copy, but it may also save the writer a great deal of embarrassment! Um, not my kind of Prince Charming! A forever reminder to proofread ANY work! Ouch!
The Editing Hall loves historical romance! A Scottish Regency with a bit of mystic lore by award-winning author Aubrey Wynne. A Scottish legacy... A political rebellion... Two hearts destined to meet... Raised in his father’s image, the Earl of Stanfeld is practical and disciplined. There are no gray lines interrupting the Gideon’s black and white … Continue reading Scottish Regency: Rhapsody and Rebellion by Aubrey Wynne
I'd be so tempted if we still edited hard copies... Have a great weekend! Here's a few more!
Puns can add to a story or detract from a scene. It's an author's call to love 'em or leave 'em out. Personally, I've never met a pun I didn't like, but not all readers appreciate the subtle humor. Does it move the story forward or serve a purpose such as character development or comic … Continue reading Puns: Love ’em or Leave ’em Out!
These memoirs are also located in the London Imperial War Museum. This must be one of the most interesting non-fiction books I've edited. A young man sat on Biggin Hill in early 1940, watching an attack on the R.A.F. fighter station. As a German bomber spun out, chased by a British Spitfire, Eric knew what … Continue reading The Penguin’s Progress by Eric Merry
Commas are necessary. It is the current trend to eliminate as many as possible but please be careful. Your pets will appreciate it. I am a purist when it comes to grammar. Yes, I adjust my style to reflect my individual clients but... Commas have been getting a bad rap lately. Less is more, they … Continue reading The trend of fewer commas…