Happy New Year, Happy News.

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I’m delighted to say I’ve started 2014 in a very positive frame of mind – well, once I got over the raging New Year’s Day hangover, that is! My editing website is gradually being tweaked into shape, and I’m finishing work for the authors who so kindly donated their manuscripts to help me hone my editing skills. Once that’s done, and more lovely manuscripts come rolling in for editing, then Alison’s Editing Service will be officially launched.

You may remember that I had a stall at the Mill Road Winter Fair last month, where I met a group of lively youngsters giving away copies of local magazine Cambridge Edition. Well, today I fired off a tweet to them, and within minutes was invited to get in touch and organise an interview to feature in a future issue.

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More information on that once it’s arranged, because I have some super exciting news, and this one’s a definite…

I’m going to be on the radio on Monday! Yes – Sue Dougan at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire has invited me to give an interview on her lunchtime show, and I am very excited about that.

The future’s looking good. Happy New Year.

Exciting Day.

I’m delighted to say that The Corporeal Pull by Sara B Gauldin is now available to buy on Kindle.

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You’ll understand why I’m so excited when you see the name of the editor.

The Corporeal Pull is a very good read, which will appeal to fans of the paranormal and mysteries, while romantics will love the developing relationship between the lead characters. I highly recommend it.

To find out more about my editing service, please click on the ‘Editing’ tab above.

A Little Misunderstanding

I’m living exciting times at the moment. The response to my free editing offer, which ran throughout September, was excellent, and I’ve got plenty to keep me busy for the next couple of weeks. The down side is while I’ve been concentrating on editing, my blog has become a little neglected, and I intend to rectify that with immediate effect. I remember I promised an account of the Dory’s after-book-launch party (before it becomes nothing more than a dim distant memory), and that will happen; but today I’d like to share the following anecdote.

Editing really suits me, and I am planning to set up my own freelance fiction editing business. As I know absolutely nothing about running my own business, especially an online business, my first port of call was to be a meeting with my bank’s business advisor. I arrived at my bank dead on time for my 3 o’clock appointment, and a member of the counter staff nipped upstairs to the business counter to announce my arrival.

She returned a couple of minutes later looking a little perturbed.

‘Do you have a letter of confirmation?’ she asked.

‘Yes,’ I replied, handing it over and adding that I’d received a reminder text the previous day.

‘That’s odd,’ she said. ‘Our business advisor has no record of your appointment.’

After a second trip upstairs, she returned looking very sheepish.

‘I’m everso sorry,’ she said. ‘There’s been a bit of a mix up…’

My bank has two business advisors with exactly the same name. The confirmation letter stated that I had an appointment with – let’s call him Bobby Bobbins – on 2 October at 3 pm. So far, so good; but had I bothered to read my letter properly, I would have noticed the address at which my appointment was supposed to take place.

One Bobby Bobbins, business advisor, works in Cambridge – University town on the edge of the East Anglian fens.

The other works in Whitehaven, Cumbria – at the other end of the country.

Guess which Bobby Bobbins my appointment was with!