Show, Don’t Tell

If you’ve ever received an appraisal from The Manuscript Agency, in all likelihood we would’ve talked about ‘showing, not telling’ at some point in the report. It’s not because we like repeating ourselves, or regurgitating information to make our lives easier – it’s because TELLING, rather than SHOWING, plagues 99% … Read More

Editing Part 1 – What is editing?

Editing is a job that is mostly misrepresented and overwhelmingly misunderstood. Behind most great works of literature is a dedicated editor. As an editor one of the most frustrating misconceptions about our role is that we simply fix spelling and punctuation errors. In fact, that is the most inconsequential part … Read More

Writing a Cover Letter

When I wrote my article on Writing a Synopsis, I mentioned that it was one of the most challenging tasks for authors. The cover letter (otherwise known as a Query Letter), by comparison, should actually be pretty simple. The main aim of your cover letter is to give the agent/publisher … Read More

#ConfusedWords: ANY MORE vs ANYMORE

Well, like everything with the English language, everyone has a different opinion on this… and as it is an ever-evolving language often all the thoughts are valid. Here are the schools of thought on this particular ‘debate’: Why are we talking about this? ‘Anymore’ is simply a misspelling of ‘any … Read More