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2016: A Year of Reading

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According to my Goodreads stats (and I have no reason to doubt them), I'll have read 60 books this year, for a total of around 16,000 pages. That's a fairly hefty number of words whichever way you look at it, and there have been untold highlights among them. (Incidentally, this doesn't include books that I've read as part of my editing and proofreading workload. Add those and it's closer to 20,000 pages.) I was tempted to write a 'Best Books of 2016' list, just like everyone else - but it would be a lie. Despite those impressive stats, there's no way I've read enough of this year's output to judge which books deserve to rise to the top of the pile. So, instead, here's my Top Ten books I've read this year. Some are new, some are old - but all were wonderful. (Note: My reading has taken a rather horrific turn this year. If you're not up for a little horror and weird fiction in the mix, turn away now...) 1. Wyl Menmuir - The Many

Going Freelance - Editing, Proofreading & more

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You'll notice that I've been quiet on here recently. I've been busy. Since April I've been setting up Momus Editorial , my freelance editing, copy-editing and proofreading business. I'm pleased to say that things have gone well over the last seven months. At first there was much biting of nails as I sat hunched over my laptop, desperately hoping for some work to come in... but the workflow has been steady for two months or more now, and I'm booked up until mid-December. It's been nerve-wracking (and time-consuming) to set up a small business, but I finally feel like I'm there. In less that six months I've progressed from Basic Member of the SfEP (The Society for Editors and Proofreaders) to Intermediate Member, and I've undertaken training to make sure that my edits are up to the industry standard. As with any discipline, there's still plenty to learn - but I can edit and proofread now with confidence. I've also had the opportunity