• Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith – Andrew Wilson (2004)

    In this Whitbread-shortlisted biography by Andrew Wilson, Patricia Highsmith is shown to be a woman who never found true happiness. Condemned by her own psychology to seek out inappropriate and often unavailable women, she never had a relationship that lasted longer than a few years. An almost life-long alcoholic, Highsmith’s happiest moments came from writing. […]

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    1.         These terms & conditions apply to any work done for the Client (you) by me (Karen McKellar | IndieCat Editorial). 2.         The Client is under no obligation to offer me work; neither am I under any obligation to accept work offered by the Client. 3.         I will provide service(s) as mutually agreed, confirmed in […]

  • Developmental Edit or Manuscript Critique?

    Manuscript Critique or Developmental Edit

    What is the difference between a manuscript critique and a full developmental edit? What can you expect from each service and which might be best for your circumstances? The basics Developmental editing focuses on the so-called “big picture” elements of a book – the plot, characterisation, theme, structure and so on. Just to confuse things […]

  • How to establish a writing routine

    While some writers can finish a book in a fast sprint, for most of us it’s more of a marathon. A writing project can take months or even years to complete, requiring commitment, freedom from distraction, and, hopefully, a writing routine. It also helps if you can build up confidence and self-belief, not to mention […]