The Final Final Final Edit

A discussion about the stage of ‘final editing’ on twitter prompted me to create this post. In fact, I wasn’t just prompted to blog, I was compelled to make the whole thing a statement and reminder of what we must go through to get to the end point. The proof of which I present in the mug below.

This shows all ‘new’ writers out there that editing  (and all the zany backed up versions of it) is about as much fun as checking your monthly bank statements. Though it does become a part of our lives, along with drinking too much coffee or tea.


Yes I know that I sometimes swear at myself for lying when I tell people I am currently working on the final edit,  when actually I’m just sitting on my phone telling people. I swear, however,  this time, I actually AM getting it done and that’s a fact.

One last thing…

What is the final edit exactly?

Well there never would be one if you didn’t simply decide that you were never going to change the manuscript again.  At some point you have to say.. “THIS is what I’ve achieved and it’s the best I can do, and I never want to read it again unless I am forced to at gunpoint.” That’s the final, final, final because nobody wants to really die after putting in so much hard work. That’s when you either self-publish or sub it along with your query letter and  move on to the next project with momentous relief.






7 Tips to Writing Great Historical Fiction.

Are you considering writing a book set in the past? Maybe you’re already writing one and looking for a few tips.

Choosing to write a book within a historical period of time can feel daunting and is definitely not an easy task. There will be a lot of research to get through, and knowing how to correctly balance accuracy with your own fictional tale can be confusing.  Continue reading “7 Tips to Writing Great Historical Fiction.”

Book Reviews, love ’em or hate ’em.

Book reviews are one of the most important things in the publishing world, without them no-one gets to find out how good or bad a book is. But what’s the most accurate way of an indie author finding out the value of their work without paying through the nose for a literary review?

Why a single review matters so little.

A ‘single’ reader review reflects only what one particular reader thinks of an author’s book. If twenty readers thought that a book was great, but one person reviewed it badly, does that mean that the book is bad?  Hardly! I remember the first review I received on one of my book’s was highly negative. I was distraught, utterly convinced the book was  doomed.  But I was wrong. Some great reviews came hurtling in later on, so don’t tremble as you await that first review, it isn’t worth much on it’s own – really. Wait until you get a few more and then you will see the true impact your book has made. Continue reading “Book Reviews, love ’em or hate ’em.”