Could a professionally edited book really need more editing?

Could a professionally edited book really need more editing? Imagine that you’ve had your book professionally edited, paid your money and are now confident that your book is going to pass the critic’s test. What if you submit it to an agent, an assessment service or maybe publish it and get feedback that says that…

Review: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers



Recommended for: Authors, anyone interested in improving their writing or editing skills
Read from January 12 to 15, 2015 — I own a copy, read count: 1


Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories.

In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited. Continue reading

Review: Love, life and everything else



Read on August 15, 2014

Recommended for: Anyone who wants some editing practice

Synopsis: Meet Sarah, a nine-year old girl with a talent for painting and an adoptive family who supports her in everything she does. She lives a happy life with her foster-father who is her idol and her foster-mother who loves her unconditionally. Little does she know that her past will come back to haunt her and an atrocity that happened nine-year ago would come to light. What will be Sarah’s reaction when she is subjected to a past that she has no knowledge of?

Sandy is scared, worried and somewhat irritated because of the weird voices she hears from the attic above. With the help of her best friend, Anne, she decides to find out the source of this all racket but what will she find hidden up there? Would the truth shock her?

Will the frail, old and lonely novelist who had managed to incur an emotion so inside him be able to change the course of his life?

Self-made and hardworking Jenny was looking forward to the opening ceremony of her novel when she is subjected to the hatred and scorn of her best friend, Cindy and made a laughingstock in town. Will Jenny be able to hold her head high? Continue reading

The Chariot’s Slave

The Chariot's Slave2 stars

Read from 10th – 17th November  2013

Synopsis: After witnessing her mothers grisly death and being sold into slavery by her father, she had little left to hope for. But when purchased by Rome’s most eligible bachelor and sent to work in his chariot training facility, the seeds of hope begin to grow once more. Her relationship with her new Dominus is unpredictable. At times she’s afraid of him, afraid of what he will do to her. Yet there were moments when she was drawn to him, more than she had ever been to another being. When given a chance to save his life, something in her prompts her to do it. She disguises herself in his robes and enters the empire’s most dangerous chariot tournament. To lose the tournament would mean death for them both, and to win… something no girl had done before.

***This story is recommended by The Historical Novel Society

Bookish things: 193 pages of utter rubbish. The only good thing about the story I can say is the cover but even that does kind of imply a more D/s style book. Which it’s not.

Where to buy: No where that I can find. I did get it for free through Amazon, but it’s no longer listed.

My review:

Rather boring story, characters that resembled the emotional and mental maturity of 12 yr olds and a blatantly obvious plot.

The richness of that era was missing and the detail that should have been there wasn’t.

The editing needs to be tightened, issues ranged from missed words, to duplicate words, to misuse of there/their/they’re. Also the formatting on the kindle was atrocious.

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Grey Jack Road



Read from October 27-30th 2013.

Synopsis: Sam is devastated when her partner, Ben, has an affair. More than a betrayal, it is a wound so deep her life seems to simply stop, and she has trouble moving on.

Sam tries to confront Rachel, the woman Ben cheated with, but leaves it too late. Rachel has gone, has had her own marriage end because of the affair, and instead Sam meets Rachel’s husband, Tim. Sam hasn’t thought of the other person caught in all of this, but now she begins to. She and Tim have a lot in common. Tim is struggling, as overcome as Sam. Shocked, battered by what has happened, doubting themselves, Sam and Tim begin to find some comfort in one another’s hesitant friendship.

Sam wants to put Ben behind her, and get on with her life, but that may be harder than it seems. Ben wants her back, and Rachel won’t stop hanging around Tim, and everything just seems to keep getting more complicated when all Sam wants is a little peace.

Grey Jack Road is a novel about relationships, and how they end, and about living with the consequences of other people’s actions. It is a story of devastating endings, but also of hope and healing, and of the strength of the bonds between people. Grey Jack Road is set on a farm near Canberra, in the Snowy Mountains district of New South Wales, in Australia. Continue reading