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Many of you know I spend a large portion of my life editing, but few have seen my brainchild, PAPER GOLD PUBLISHING, a modern publishing company dedicated to its authors.

But that is not what this post is about.

What I’d like to introduce to you today is a series of resources for writers, THE AUTHORSHIP ADVENTURE SERIES, which is available for free to Paper Gold Publishing members (membership is free and unconditional – enter here) or for the minimum price of 99c on Amazon(links below). I am provisionally aiming for twelve books in total, for this series, released in three bundles of four books. The first four books are now out, see below, complete with their Amazon links.

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Posted by on May 24, 2015 in News, Paper Gold Publishing


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Authors’ Resources – Poll

Many of you know that one of the things I wish to do is provide a wide range of resources for authors and authors-to-be, so that, at a glance, simple yet popular issues could be clarified in one minute flat.

Issues such as customary phrases people get wrong on a regular basis, for example. Some of my stubborn author friends really need to read these. Hint! Hint!

So, let me know what’s most important to you in broad lines first, and then we’ll look at each one in more detail in future posts. I am serious about getting this show on the road as soon as possible.

Take the poll below. It’s free, it’s anonymous and you can tick more than one box. I’ve even allowed a spare box for you to add things I haven’t thought about (or you could leave a comment below). Go for it! Your opinion matters.


Posted by on July 15, 2013 in Let's Talk, Polls


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Grammar – Plural of Compound Nouns

Hi, again. I’ll try not to bore you, so I’ll keep it short: it’s not that hard to work out the plural of compound nouns if you follow one easy rule:

apply the plural to the head noun.


Examples of frequently used compound nouns:


rights of way




attorneys general




Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Just A Thought



Shortest Grammar Post Ever

You will never EVER need to put these two words next to each other, no matter what you write:


Hear me? NEVER!

correct: He peeled the skin off his nose when he’d hit the rough carpet.

Don’t ever let me catch you say (incorrectly): He peeled the skin off of his nose.


Ugh! Pet hate.

Did I make myself clear?

I’m watching you!

That is all. Have a nice day now ­čÖé


Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Just A Thought



Grammar, grammar.


How many times have you seen the example on the right? Commas are important. Let’s try to get them right.

There is one common feature that all commas have: they are used whenever you want your reader to pause and take a breath.

Try reading aloud┬áthe sentences below (whisper them if you’re worried about what people might think when they hear you talking to yourself). You’ll find you’ll be pausing for breath exactly where the commas are.

Today I’ll give you 3 quick tips on common comma usage:

1. Use them to list things.

I need to buy bread, milk, coffee, sugar and eggs.

2. Use them to join two complete sentences together, but only if helped by a joining word (such as: and, or, but, if, yet, while).

I am going to let you into a secret, but you must promise to keep quiet.

3. Use them in place of brackets.

I wanted to teach you something that, when necessary, could save you some trouble.


Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Just A Thought



Grammar Bite – Exorcise the Exercise!

Hello, there. Welcome to  my tiny Monday grammar lesson.

Well done for having a look at all. Hat off to you if you’ve gone back through the calendar and read all the grammar posts, right from the very beginning. If you are one of the authors I have the pleasure to edit, I love you for that already.

Ok, now that I’ve warmed up your synapses by making you try to understand what on Earth I’m rambling about, here’s what we’ll be talking about today:


Exciting, right?

I edit and review a lot. I wish I could dedicate as much time to writing as I do to the other activities. Well, to cut a long story short, I finished a lovely book today. It was quite an emotional roller-coaster and I was so touched, it left me in tears. Only one problem: it really badly needed an editor. Among the fun words and phrases, one stood out because it was overly used and also misspelled. The author used ‘exercise’ whenever a ghost or demon from his past needed to be exorcised. It did pull me out of the story a little bit when I started to giggle.

I’m sure most of you know better, but in case you don’t:




This witch is EXORCISING.











And this one is EXERCISING. 


Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Just A Thought



Grammar – affect versus effect

A quick and easy one today. Small but disproportionately annoying.


Effect is a noun (mostly) and means ‘result’. It’s something that is, or you have or give. There can be one or many. If you can count is, spell it with an ‘E’.

ONE EFFECT of bad grammar is that I become grouchy.


Affect┬áis a verb (apart from very specific cases) and it means ‘to influence’. You can’t count it, because it is an action.



Whilst both can be used as nouns and verbs, the predominant use is as above.

As a verb, ‘to effect’ is used almost always in formal speech, such as journalism and means ‘to cause, to bring about a result’: The government spokesperson said the cutbacks were designed to effect economies in this sector.

As a noun, ‘affect’ is almost always used in psychological jargon, to comment on people’s moods and behaviour.

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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Just A Thought



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