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The content written here represents the consultancy.This will also be a place to find news about what the business is doing or planning, as well as an opportunity to engage with readers and visitors who drop by out of curiosity. A new post that provides insight to writers of all levels will appear monthly.

Some posts will share insights on how editors work, and answer reader questions.

Finally, the posts will serve to encourage writers to improve their skills through learning and exploring various methods and tips.

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In the meantime, do keep writing. Please use the contact form to ask a question you would like to know more about and it may featured in the next post. Happy writing.

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Updated: Apr 19

by L.A. Ames

Editors all have their distinct go-to books on their shelves, and this editor is no different. What is different are the reasons. As a way of getting to know your editor, a peek at their shelf is a little glimpse into a corner of their world. Welcome to mine.

What books have made the cut for the desk shelf?

Within hands reach are the editorial essentials: the Oxford Concise English Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, the Economist Style Guide, Bartholomew's Concise World Atlas, and a Pocket Concordance.

Do I Make Myself Clear by Harold Evans - it answers a lot of quick questions or confirms suspicions rather easily without the need for the hefty, less user-friendly Chicago Manual of Style (use the online version). The extensive experience behind the well regarded editor brings home the bare bones and acts as the stern but witty friend needed in the writing industry. Relatable.

The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism by Kevin Kerrane & Ben Yagota - simply for the experience of good, fluid writing. Clear your head with it when focus is lost and there is a disconnect between you and the reading matter. George Orwell's report on Marrakech strikes a cord in history on how to write emotively on difficult subject matters such as human poverty.

A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman - this puts one back into the origins of creativity and into creative mode as an art and as purpose. Remembering the author is creating their own world from their sometimes chaotic environment gives an editor an insight into the raison d'être - and the reason for their book. Great encouragement. Love the profound revelations like the fourteen ways to achieve mediocre art and dealing with critics, external and internal alike.

18 Minutes by Peter Bregman - always a good book to dip into for mastering focus and distraction for both writer and editor. A business staple. It covers the ground of boundaries and priorities that sole operators often overlook and can lead to burn out. Think of it as self-care for your business acumen.

Starts With Why by Simon Sinek - remember to look for the why in everything. This helps every aspect of the project that centres on the purpose each believes in, essential for the writer-editor relationship. Although it is recommended for leaders, it translates well to entrepreneurial creatives to give their vision clarity.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield - another classic that keeps you company throughout any project. It is handy to keep nearby for the days that stump a writer or give an editor a headache.

The main themes of resistance versus professionalism are balanced at odds and leaves you to determine where you fit in. Good accountability partner.

So that begs the simple question, what's on your shelf?

… Let's start a conversation.

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As a writer and editor, I have spent many years in editorial offices editing other writers' work for publication multiple times a day, and likewise having my own work proofread by department editors. Being assigned commissions meant researching and structuring a story with reliable sources to a tight deadline, sticking to a specific brief agreed with my editor. This comprised the majority of my professional freelance career. It became systematic and created a momentum of prolific writing which resulted in enforcing an ingrained intuition and instinct to quickly discern the best of a story for an expectant audience. This translates to a skill I have now shared with other writers who I have had the privilege to coach.

Through this website, I am open to hearing from writers who may have never considered coaching to ask your questions or share your experiences or the obstacles you face. Watch this space for a future option to get notified of new posts as they are made available.

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