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So You Want to Be an Editor…

One of the authors I work with (J.R. Handley, who writes military sci-fi) asked me to write a post on how an aspiring fiction editor can know if he or she is ready to go pro… This post contains some … Continue reading

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link: “50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice”

You may want to save it for after you read today’s “Writing Glitch” post, giving your brain a moment to warm up, so to speak, but here’s a mild-mannered and scholarly (but not too scholarly or too mild-mannered) rant against … Continue reading

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“Grammer Dont Matter”?

(This post could have been titled “Sometimes, he has to tell someone off for being deliberately, unspeakably stupid.”) Warning: contains metaphors, sarcasm, and cussing. Also contains logic. Read at your own risk. I find it both disheartening and immensely annoying … Continue reading

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I can haz free time?

Well, the first round of copyediting on Operation Breakout is finished… except for the last few chapters. Long story. Why the last few chapters weren’t sent with the rest of the manuscript, I mean. The novel is about ninety thousand … Continue reading

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Sometimes, he repurposes a quote from a sapient egg.

One of the things that makes me so good (and modest about it, too!) at editing science fiction/fantasy is that I have a brain full of “trivia” which often turns out to be useful and relevant to whatever I’m editing. … Continue reading

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Updates: the ‘my brain hurts — give me coffee!’ edition

I’m now just slightly more than halfway through the first round of copyediting J. R. Handley’s military sci-fi novel Operation Breakout, so it won’t be finished by tea time. Sorry… 🙂 At least there’s a shiny new novelette in the same setting to … Continue reading

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Updates: What Weaver and His Clone Have Been Doing Lately

Yesterday I finished copyediting a rather longish short story (just under 17K words), and my brain is full of military sci-fi acronyms and jargon. Part of a copyeditor’s job is to make sure all the invented words are used consistently. Another part … Continue reading

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