Be sure the spelling on your holiday cards are correct. Here's a list to check twice! Common mistakes to avoid when penning a note of Yuletide cheer: Christmastime is one word. Ho! Ho! Ho! has exclamation points after each one. Santa Claus has no E at the end. Xmas does not have a hyphen after … Continue reading Merry Christmas from the Editing Hall
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
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…
Part of the Wicked Earls' Club, this sweet Regency novella is on sale for .99 this week. Editor Sherry really enjoyed editing this clean read. He’s inherited the title of rake. She hides behind her independence... Fate accepts the challenge. Grace Beaumont has seen what love can do to a woman. Her mother sacrificed her … Continue reading Earl of Sunderland by Aubrey Wynne
Ever read the children's book Don't Touch the Button? Here is the adult version! This was funny until I realized I'm getting on a plane in less than a few days. I'm headed to Amsterdam, Belgium, and Germany. Wonder what kind of editing funnies I'll see while I'm on vacation? Back to the point—word placement matters!