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TaTUM lives on … hello to a2z copy-editing … well done Channing Tatum

Tried and Tested User Manuals – TaTUM was created to reflect the founder’s, Maggie Baldry, proofreading, editing and writing skills. The service was created to help authors, businesses, creative teams, basically anyone who needs a skilful eye to check their work.

The actor, Channing Tatum has been enjoying great success in his chosen career, but the name TaTUM is just not working for development of this commercial enterprise. However, due to my former career as a technical author, I do not want to relinquish my association with TaTUM, so the TaTUM blog will continue and the commercial enterprise is now renamed as a2z copy-editing.

logo under development copyright Maggie Baldry 2014


In the meantime and in line with the revision to regulations for Online and distance selling for businesses an updated Service Provision Agreement is available for download as a pdf.

More news about the services supplied by a2z copy-editing will be posted here in due course.

As is customary to say … watch this space.


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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in a2z, TaTUM


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Authonomy – Summer Competition

Does your story have an attention grabbing opening line? If it does, this competition is for you.

Authonomy are dedicated to discovering, connecting and nurturing exciting new writers.

The competition will run from now until midnight BST the night of Sunday 8th September. The winning entry will be selected by a panel of readers at HarperCollins.

To keep the blog comments free for entries, please send any questions you have to

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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in 21st century


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Long overdue update on writing activities and current employment.
Warmest wishes to all on a cold snowy day.

Maggie's small stones for the River

These are the blogs of a working Mum, who is currently employed by a great supermarket brand, whose motto is “Every little helps”. It is a multi-layered motto, within and without of the brand. Her colleagues are lovely, friendly and very kind people. Her family are incredible. Her life would be empty without them. Throughout her life she has been lucky enough to meet and work with loads of fascinating people. She has always had a passion about books and writing. This passion is now being explored.


Update January 2013.

Since the end of 2012, I have had the privilege to work for a charitable organisation whose motto is “Servitor Servientium”.

Writing is still in progress…


Maggie’s small stones for the River” is a creative blog where she is exploring the fun to be had by noticing how extraordinary things are and writing those things down,

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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in 21st century, TaTUM


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What the Dickens?

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This blog hasn’t been updated for a while as I am now working in a supply chain support role. It’s a dream job and I have been so absorbed by it that, I am sad to say, I have neglected my own creative writing and this blog.

However, yesterday, I had a lovely surprise when I received an email from Victoria Bantock, the creator of the bimonthly magazine for writers, readers and all literary types, What the Dickens?

Victoria is now preparing Issue 2 and she will be including an extract about Frances Burney, from this blog’s Soft Footsteps series.

Virginia Woolf described Frances as the Mother of English Fiction and her satirical novels and plays about eighteenth-century society were thought to be the literary precursor to prominent authors who came after her, including Jane Austen and William Makepeace Thackeray.

Frances Burney image source wikipedia

Frances Burney

I am thrilled that Frances Burney will be appearing in Issue 2 of What the Dickens?

And I am also very grateful to Victoria for including my work in her amazing online magazine. Do yourself a favour and visit What the Dickens? The beautiful snow edition is full of inspirational work. Be sure to visit the jokes on Page 4 too.

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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Soft Footsteps


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Nirvana Moment on Bonfire Night

Wikipedia declares a general definition of Nirvana as “synonymous with the concept of liberation (moksha) which refers to release from a state of suffering after an often lengthy period of committed spiritual practice

Perhaps you could describe the practice of writing as a “state of suffering”. If you are a solitary writer, you may have to isolate yourself at some point to actually get on with the ‘job’ of writing. This isolation could be seen as a “state of suffering” as could writer’s block; lack of self belief; worry that your work and words are not good enough. Then when you actually release your words, in book, script or thesis format you may have your greatest moments of suffering, lack of acknowledgement of your work by your peers, a bad review, poor grades, As a proofreader and editor I have nursed many people through the pain of getting their words and ideas into a happy and healthy format and liberating them from their isolation and self doubt. Support and a good review can give you that writer’s Nirvana Moment.

I have been lucky enough to have that Nirvana Moment with my book, Soft Footsteps, this weekend. I have worked with Ajit Jaokar, the owner of the futuretext publishing group for many years now. I was thrilled to see this wonderful review on his Open Gardens blog. A short extract is below:

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Maggie Baldry has long edited many futuretext books including my latest book (to be launched in Jan 2012). However, she had an idea to be a writer and came up with this excellent idea for a book . As Maggie discusses below, I was one of the inspirations for Maggie’s book. I loved the ethos and idea of this book – and Maggie is a great writer and believes in this book. Very glad to be a part of it”

Soft Footsteps celebrates the achievements of women who are leaders in their professional and creative lives, historically and in the 21st century.

The 21st century Soft footsteps of change are pioneering women because they have all been involved in projects that are making best use of new media platforms and leading edge technology. Their work provides pathways within the new media industry for other people to follow, hence, the title of the work; Soft footsteps. Soft footsteps will reveal how individuals with passionate ideas, a strong work ethic and self-belief can create successful and satisfying careers doing work that they love.

I was totally fascinated by the stories of all of the ladies featured in the Soft Footsteps book. It was a labour of love combined with a spiritual practice for me and I hope it will be a source of inspiration for others.  It is probably just a coincidence that Ajit’s blog was posted on Bonfire Night, but it was most definitely a Nirvana Moment for me. It lit up my evening like a spectacular firework display. I would say to anyone else who wants to write and they are still at the “state of suffering”, keep committed, keep writing and enjoy and celebrate any Nirvana Moment.


Posted by on November 6, 2011 in Soft Footsteps


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Distractions, creativity and workflow

At 19:30 GMT on a Sunday evening, what are you doing?

Would that be a favourite time to write for you?

Or are you an early bird, a night owl or a mid day magpie writer?

When proofreading my authors’ books the work discipline is naturally enforced with the production deadlines for publishing and marketing but when venturing into my own creative writing there always seems to be some ‘obstacle’ in the way that prevents me from settling down into a disciplined work flow.

For example, this evening, I was pulling together some research about the 1970s for a fantasy novel I’m planning to write but so far I’ve managed to let myself be distracted by the Strictly Come Dancing Results show, laundry, Twitter, Facebook and other networking and social media metric sites. This is without the most delightful distractions of my lovely family and pets. What should I do? Give up writing and stay with the day job? Lock myself away like a hermit?

No, I have made a decision… starting tomorrow the networking sites that are not working for me will be pruned away and I will concentrate on the 1970s fantasy novel. Saying that though I am so pleased Audley Harrison is still in Strictly …  

From the BBC Strictly Page Team Audalie
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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in 21st century, History


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Review – Meet Franklin Bean by Emmy Swain

My review of this book on Goodreads

Meet Franklin Bean

“At this time of year we are all considering which Christmas gifts to buy. Look no further than Emmy Swain’s magical children’s book.. The tale is intended for children but it’s a universal story about how weird it can be to move to a new place and meet new people, yet this weirdness can be coped with and make you stronger when you meet a special and amazing dog like Franklin Bean. Emmy has written a captivating and enlightening story, which is beautifully illustrated by Levi Whitworth. Looking forward to hearing more about John’s adventures with Franklin Bean. “Cool frijoles”

Plus my personal note to Emmy

“My dear you are a word magician. What an enchanting and uplifting story.”

Want to know more, I would highly recommend visting Franklin

This review is also posted on my dedicated review blog : Maggie’s musings

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Posted by on October 17, 2011 in 21st century, Reviews, TaTUM


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