What’s an Editor?

What’s the one thing you would do even if you weren’t getting paid to? Or what’s the one activity you can see yourself doing forever? For me, it’s editing manuscripts. Over the years, I’ve been lucky that authors and publishers have trusted me with their work; and luckier that I found something that I really…

Blond vs. Blonde

Here’s a fun fact: there’s actually a difference between “blond” and “blonde. And the distinction between the two words is something every good editor and proofreader should know. Plainly, a blond is a fair-haired male, and a blonde is a fair-haired female. “Blond” is the most common between the two versions and is used as an…

Towards vs. Toward

Here’s a short one for you! Is it toward or towards? Are you walking toward or towards something? Well, technically, there’s nothing wrong with using both. “Toward” is most common in American English and “towards” in British English. -E

How to Use Pronouns Correctly

This week I found myself going back and forth on how to correctly address a business entity in text while working on a project. It was late, I was tired, my mind was playing tricks on me. A business is run by a group of people so the pronoun should be they! I thought to myself….

Are You Dying or Dieing?

Dieing: an imaginary word often used to represent the word, “dying” or worse, “dyeing”. The only time it’s a real word is when a machinist or die maker uses it. Want to know what a die maker is? Start here. Dyeing: to add color or change the color of something. Dying: to be on the…

Lay Vs. Lie

“Lie” and “lay” may be the most confusing words in the world for writers. As an editor, I see the confusion all the time. I even double check myself sometimes! I hate these words but there’s no way around it. Here’s how I get it right: I use a chart! I Want to say Present…

The Art of the Query Letter

So, you want to get published and you’ve been sending what feels like–or may even really be–hundreds of queries to publishing houses (big and small), editors, and agents and no one’s biting the line you keep throwing into the water.  Have you ever considered that it may be your query letter that is putting your manuscript…