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I have a BA Hons degree in typographic design and Masters degree in business administration. I worked in the publishing industry for 30 years as a setter, copy editor and proof reader, before moving into management. Now semi-retired.

My main interest areas are cookery, cricket, and reading/writing.


Dec
12
reviewed Reviewed How does one write a character smarter than oneself?
Dec
12
answered Is it really so “impossible” to get published by a traditional publisher?
Dec
12
suggested approved edit on Is it really so “impossible” to get published by a traditional publisher?
Dec
12
comment How much power does the author have over an original work?
As Neil mentioned - what was in the contract you signed with the Publisher? Did you read it? Did you discuss it with your legal adviser? It's all very well getting a little 'uppity' with regards to the control being exerted over your creative work by the publisher, are you forgetting the commercial risks the publisher is taking with regards to production cost, marketing and advertising costs of your book? Yes a balance needs to be achieved - that's what the contract is for. If you don't like it, don't sign it.
Dec
12
answered As a freelance writer, should I charge more for inconvenient time worked?
Dec
12
comment Headline method - How do I write The Economist-style headlines?
Very entertaining, informative and well written answer.
Dec
12
awarded  Supporter
Dec
12
answered Is it acceptable for a tech book to consist of only 2 chapters?
Dec
12
comment Differences in personal statements between American and UK universities?
Brit informal to talk evasively to; flatter in order to mislead - thefreedictionary.com/flannel, I was guilty of my own advice! Whoops!
Dec
12
answered figures and tables always on top of the page?
Dec
12
answered Can a section have the same name as the chapter?
Dec
12
answered Using dashes in writing dialogue
Dec
12
answered How many errors per page volume is typically “okay” in a book?
Dec
12
answered Can you reprint screen shots of a game application or program without permission?
Dec
12
answered Differences in personal statements between American and UK universities?
Dec
12
awarded  Editor
Dec
12
revised How can I catch more errors when I proofread?
corrected spelling
Dec
11
answered Converting Word pages to book pages, for novels?
Dec
11
comment Converting Word pages to book pages, for novels?
Assuming of course that the finished novel will also be printed in 12pt Times, which is unlikely. It's more likely to be in a smaller size (depending on the typeface/font chosen) such as 9pt. This of course depends on the format it would be printed in - large format hardback is generally a larger font size than the paperback equivalent. Your method therefore is unreliable.
Dec
11
awarded  Teacher