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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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So what would you do if your editor, partway through a project, suggested you take back the manuscript, perform a thorough revision, and resubmit it? An excellent post of relevance to editors and authors alike.
Several times throughout my freelance career, I have had reason to suggest an author take back a manuscript and work on it some more before I continue with my editing. The reactions I have received...
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Rhythm isn't just for poets; and fiction writers can learn a lot from copywriters.
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Jane Friedman looks at the different reasons for opting to self-publish in pursuit of a traditional publishing deal.
Here's the brief answer to the title of this post: Sell a lot of copies, strong five figures, if not six figures. Sell so many copies that traditional publishing is potentially less profitable for ...
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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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"Authors range from hypersensitive to Teflon when it comes to being edited..." Dr Freelance has some great advice about editing with empathy.
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Writing is thought put to page, which makes all of us writers — even if we can't spin beautiful prose. This post looks at some of the research on how beneficial writing can be for the mind.
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The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) has developed a new guide to help writers navigate the minefield that is copyright in the 21st century.
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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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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