Why have a human* do the editing, anyway?

I don’t even remember how I found it, but sometime today I was following links all over the place on the Internet (the way one does) and happened upon an amusing (well, amusing to people like me) and informative blog called Rogue Editors. (Gotta love that name!) One particular post, a comparison between editors and editing tools, seemed like the sort of thing I ought to share with readers of my blog, so… here’s a link.

For the record, Mercenary Proofreader doesn’t want your firstborn in payment. Mercenary Proofreader doesn’t even want your pet’s firstborn… although feel free to share photos of your pet’s firstborn if you have them, because young cats and dogs and hedgehogs are cute.


(photo of Mercenary Proofreader’s pet’s firstborn)


(*For our purposes, human means any person/sapient life form, regardless of species. After all, if only humans could be editors, I’d have to go flip burgers for a living… or worse yet, teach high school again.)

About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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