Free advice to those who would be Wielders of the Red Pen

It has been a while since I last said this, but now I feel the need to say it again: Anyone who asks for hundreds of dollars (or more) in payment for services such as copyediting or beta reading (???) had damn well better make sure they don’t have blatant grammatical errors (such as using it’s instead of its as the possessive form of it) on the website where they offer these services.

The small rant my blog followers expect: Any blogger can write any damn thing they want on their own blog/website (within the limits of what’s legal, obviously), and I truly don’t care if you’ve got grammar and spelling errors in every frakkin’ sentence… unless you’re claiming to be a professional copyeditor (or to be in charge of a team of same), because if you/they can’t figure out how to punctuate sentences on your website, that doesn’t bode well for your/their ability to correct punctuation and such in someone else’s manuscript.

(If you think this post may be about you… *quashes warp-quote of Carly Simon song* Feel free to email me and ask for specifics, if you’re honestly interested in doing something about all the errors on your website.)





About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live 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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1 Response to Free advice to those who would be Wielders of the Red Pen

  1. Wow. Totally agreed!

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