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Averill Buchanan
Works at freelance editor & proofreader
Attended Queen's University of Belfast
Lives in Belfast, United Kingdom
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Check your to do list. See that one item that’s been there for weeks? Before you beat yourself up about it, ask yourself the question: Do I really need to do this?
Life is too short to do things you don't like.
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Harry Bingham's thoughts on a dozen or so genuine opening sentences from the novels of aspiring writers.
At the wonderful post-Festival knees up in London last Friday, we ran a brief and for-fun exercise in giving live feedback on opening sentences. Because people enjoyed the event and because not everyone had their sentence read out, here goes with a blog follow-up: my thoughts on a dozen or so ...
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An excellent post by Emma Darwin on gaining narrative distance, whether you're writing in first person or third.
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"What your character does when they’re bored is possibly the most telling aspect of their personality." Here's a creative writing exercise to help bring that out.
Writers are constantly asking: "how can I write believable, compelling characters?", "how can I write realistic characters?", "how can I write characters with depth?" The answer is, it takes practi...
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There are countless ways to outline a novel. Ultimately, the 'right way to outline' is whatever way works best for you. This post by Robbie Blair will give you a few options to explore.
I go into several methods for outlining longer pieces, including free-write summary, skeletal summaries,
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Crowdsourced editing: Have you tried it?
Is Crowdsourced Editing Right for Your Book? by Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas explains the concept of crowdsourced editing and compares crowdsourced editors to beta readers and professional editors.
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Some great editing tips to ensure the dialogue in your novel is professional and effective. See especially #4 - using dialogue tags that indicate speech.
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Debunking myths about editors.
From know-it-alls with red pens to people who make no mistakes, myths about editors abound. But what are editors really like? It's time for some truth.
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Some great tips from Stephen Parolini on writing good dialogue.
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Emma Darwin summarises the things to consider if you're thinking about trying to make a living as a writer, and looks at the models for the writing life that DO work.
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Why do so many authors work so hard only to sabotage their books by neglecting to hire a professional editor?
Top 5 Ways Authors Sabotage Their Own Book by Shayla Eaton explains why self-published authors often think they don’t need a professional editor, and why they should reconsider this decision.
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Can we trust our memories as “facts?” And what if others disagree? How do we explain our creative process and answer their protests? Here are a few basic principles.
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Freelance editor & proofreader
Introduction

I specialise in editing fiction, and in working with independent authors.

I'm an Advanced member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) (http://www.sfep.org.uk/directory/advanced/entry720.html); founder and member of the Editors' and Proofreaders' Alliance of Northern Ireland (EPANI) (http://www.epani.org.uk/); and a member of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers (AFEPI) (http://www.afepi.ie/buchanan-averill/) based in Dublin.

I am the co-ordinator for the SfEP Northern Ireland group.

In 2014, I was awarded the SfEP Judith Butcher Award for 'raising the profile of the SfEP and the editorial profession, both in Northern Ireland and around the world'.

Bragging rights
I've published a book: 'Mary Blachford Tighe: The Irish Psyche' http://amzn.to/uws900
Education
  • Queen's University of Belfast
    PhD, 2001 - 2004
    'Recontextualising Mary Tighe' - about the Anglo-Irish poet Mary Tighe (1772-1810)
  • Queen's University of Belfast
    MA in Modern Literary Studies, 1999 - 2000
    with Distinction
  • Queen's University of Belfast
    BA (Hons) English, 1995 - 1998
    First class
  • Belfast College of Further Education
    'A' Levels, 1993 - 1995
    History; English Literature
  • Rupert Stanley College of Further Education
    Fine Arts Studies with Distinction, 1979 - 1980
    Art college foundation course
  • Methodist College Belfast
    'A' Levels and 'O' Levels, 1972 - 1979
    'A' Levels: Art; History of Art; French; 'O' Levels: Maths, Eng. Lit; Eng. Lang.; Art; French; German; Geography; Geology
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Belfast, UK
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Freelance editor & proofreader
Skills
editing (developmental & copy-editing); proofreading; manuscript critique; formatting; ebook conversion; advice about publishing routes, especially self-publishing
Employment
  • freelance editor & proofreader
    Editor & proofreader, 2004 - present
  • Graphic Detail
    Managing Director, 1986 - 1993
    I started up and ran a graphic design consultancy
  • freelance graphic designer
    Graphic designer & illustrator, 1981 - 1986
  • Nicholson & Bass
    Trainess graphic designer, 1980 - 1981
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Belfast, United Kingdom