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New book announcement - Copy editing with pigs!

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You may well wonder what pigs have to do with copy editing. Stay with me - all will be revealed!

My alter ego Sheila Glasbey - the one who does copy editing and proofreading - has just brought out a new book called From the Heart of a Copy Editor - the 10 Most Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them. The title is fairly self-explanatory. From my many years as a professional editor, I have compiled a list of the ten errors I find most frequently in authors' work. 


If writers could put these things, or at least some of them, right for themselves, they could save a lot of money. I'd still recommend you have your book professionally copy edited and proof-read - everyone needs that - but if your work is in a better state when you send it to a copy editor, they'll clearly charge you less.

I've tried to keep it clear and simple. There are plenty of examples, often involving pigs (well, why not?). I hope you'll appreciate the light-hearted tone - there's no heavy grammar lifting here. And illustrator Alex Hallatt has drawn me a delightful running pig to liven up the text.

The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle, price £1.99, or FREE on Kindle Unlimited. If you order now, you'll get your copy on publication day, November 15th 2017. Oh, and there's a goodie inside - a special offer code which will entitle you to a generous discount on my copy editing and proofreading services at Affordable Editing, Proofreading and Writing Help.

Please note that this is the UK edition. Some of the editing rules and guidelines are a little different in the US, and I hope to bring out an American version soon.

There will also be a paperback edition in 2018.

Hope you'll find it helpful! Comments welcome, as always.

Click here to view on Amazon UK.

Best wishes




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  1. Ros

    Thank you, Melissa, for your encouraging words.

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  2. Melissa Lawrence

    Really looking forward to receiving my copy. I wish you all the very best with the book. I think that many writers will find it extremely useful and I can also confirm that there is plenty of humour, not to mention lots of pigs!

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