For a little over a year, Candice Toone has been helping us on some behind the scene things such as our Facebook page, blog, and other administrative duties. She’s also been working along with Kelley, learning the editing ropes. Now we’re ready to welcome Candice on as one of our developmental editors, and she has an amazing deal if you book within the next week! But first, a little about Candice… Just like the rest of us at CookieLynn, she… Keep Reading
I thought today would be a good day to get inspiration from others. Hopefully some of these will ring true for you, and get you through that next step. Does one speak to you more than another? No matter what stage you’re in: Good luck from the Cookie Lynn team!
Not too long ago I got to edit Silent Scars by Ada Frost. It was an interesting project because she is from England and her story was written in British-English. There were a bunch of phrases that I had to look up, and I ended up using a British dictionary in addition to the one I normally use. I learned a lot and it was a fun job. For those who don’t read British stories, there are many words that are… Keep Reading
Less than two weeks left until Christmas and most people I know are kicking it in gear to get things done. If you’re looking for a few fun writerly gifts, I’ve got a couple suggestions. There’s so many awesome books for writers out there, but here’s two I’ve read.Stephen King’s On Writing is a terrific memoir for any writer to read. It’s got lots of great writing advice, but also tons of terrific stories. The beginning of his writing career… Keep Reading
When I’m editing, I use the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS). It’s a big rule book—or style guide. Mine clocks in at 1026 pages and weighs over three pounds. J (And FYI—I titled this post the big book of orange because the 16th edition of the CMS is orange. The dust jacket is the pretty blue you see in the picture, but the actual cover is orange—as in bright pumpkin orange.) A style guide basically sets the standards of writing, along… Keep Reading
It’s November. Otherwise known in the writing world as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Are you accepting the challenge to write 50,000 words in one month? I’ve done NaNo every November since I started writing back in July of 2011. If we’re being perfectly honest, the philosophy of beating NaNo is my wheelhouse. Write like heck and don’t care what you put down on the page. But this is really hard for many authors. There’s this profound need to make… Keep Reading
If you go to enough editing websites, you’ll notice that there are multiple names for different types of edits. What one person calls a developmental edit, somebody else might call a content edit. And the description of copy editing can get confusing because I’ve seen it defined different ways. Some people will define a copy edit how I do below. And others will define it as what I call a line edit. And that’s also why you need to make… Keep Reading
It’s slightly awkward that Cookie Lynn started taking on clients in March of this year, and we’re finally getting around to introductions now. We’re like, those neighbors you’ve had for a while who you wave and smile to in passing, and at one time they told you their names, but you can’t for the life of you remember them. And you can’t very well walk up to them and ask their names again. Not after exchanging niceties for six months…. Keep Reading