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Sometimes, he shares a polite(ish) rant about editing.

Today, Cait Reynolds, as a guest on Kristen Lamb’s blog, has an excellent post about five things editors hate. “The National Association of Recovering Freelancers* put out a study that said four out of five freelance editors suffer a nervous … Continue reading

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“I Wish I Would Have Known…”

“I wish I would have known…” Think about this for a moment, friends. It doesn’t matter what the speaker/writer wishes they’d known, because the beginning of the sentence makes the whole thing nonsense. I see it frequently online and in … Continue reading

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How the WRONG Copyeditor Can Make a Mess of Your Manuscript: part 2

Back for more, are you? Is it horrified fascination that brings you here, or are you hoping to learn a bit about what can go very, very badly if an author chooses the wrong (not competent, not familiar with the … Continue reading

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How the WRONG Copyeditor Can Make a Mess of Your Manuscript: part 1

I’m not telling you this to scare you (and I’m certainly not telling you this so you’ll all rush to hire me as your copyeditor — I don’t even work in the genres some of you write); I’m telling you … Continue reading

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Linking Verbs Are NOT Passive Voice.

Say it loudly for the people in the back:┬áLinking verbs are not passive voice. (Someone on Facebook posted a ridiculous declaration about grammar, so I’m ridiculing it. Besides, the spreading of misinformation annoys the hell out of me, and somebody … Continue reading

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Sometimes, he has a conniption about badly punctuated “dialogue tags.”

Maybe it’s entertaining to see an allegedly grown-ass adult express a strong opinion about something as “trivial” as bad punctuation in a book someone wants him to purchase (“Ain’t you got better things to care about, like getting stupid drunk … Continue reading

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The Golden Rule vs. “Theory of Mind”

Stated in plain English, the Golden Rule says, Treat other people the way you want to be treated. The implication is that, since we all want to be treated the same way, each of us treating others the way we … Continue reading

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