Recently I was lucky enough to spend some time talking to Chloë Forbes-Kindlen about editing and proofreading, and I thought I'd share it with you.
Chloë kicks off by asking me about how I moved from healthcare to editing (yes, believe it or not there are transferable skills. Have a look at my blog From plinth to proof: the physiotherapist and the editor for more details.)
We talk about the fear people have of publishing their writing - whether it's a novel, a report or a blog post - and how the online Grammar Police are usually not editors! On the whole we are sympathetic and kind, and we want to encourage you to write and help you to do it well.
And I also explain about style sheets and how they can help you with your writing. I've written about that here What is a style sheet, and do I need one?
Chloë finished with a surprise question for me about punctuation – would I prefer to live without capital letters or full stops? What do you think my answer was?
It was my first experience of being interviewed on video and I really enjoyed it - but as you will see, who wouldn't enjoy talking to the lovely Chloë?
I hope you enjoy our conversation. Let me know what you think in the comments!
You can find out more about Chloë at http://c4compete.com/, where she uses her marketing and social media strategy know-how to help small businesses grow.
If you have a podcast or video channel and would like a guest to talk to about language, editing and proofreading then get in touch - I'd love to talk to you!