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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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Copyediting nightmares can happen to trad-published authors, too.

‘I don’t have to edit my manuscript or hire a copyeditor, the publisher will have someone do that for me.’ I hear (read) this a lot. First of all, friends, you may have noticed that traditional publishers (the smaller presses … 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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Compare and Contrast: various rules for comma usage in compound sentences

The Chicago Manual of Style: When independent clauses are joined by and, but, so, yet, or any other conjunction, a comma precedes the conjunction. The Associated Press Stylebook: When a conjunction such as and, but, or for links two clauses … 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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Think about this, folks…

Not to mention how using the word in such a way diminishes the original, real meaning, turning it into a mere synonym for ‘person who has strong views I don’t agree with.’

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