Tag Archives: editing
There’s always a level of stuff that one writer refuses to change on aesthetic and stylistic grounds, and that’s fine. I appreciate that. The things that you shouldn’t be refusing to change are
Via the Bibliophile Stalker, this from Catherynne Valente (she of Palimpsest fame) made me laugh and nod … this is my favourite line, but I’d suggest reading the whole damned thing:
I cannot begin to understand the logic that says: BORING STUFF UP FRONT, AWESOME TO THE BACK.
In the interests of providing information that is both useful as well as facetious, I sent delightful freelance editor, Abigail Nathan, a list of questions to answer. She didn’t wanna. So I sent a couple of enforcers around (two out-of-work actors dressed up as Star Wars Storm Troopers) … to save us all
BUT! I am thinking … there will soon be posts about (a) Collaborative Connectivity and (b) How to Make Sure Your Edits Go All the Way.
I’ve just had one of my rare privileges: reading a fabulous manuscript that required very little of my editing and flensing talent … one that I put down only when I was so tired that I was in danger of falling asleep and impaling myself on the flensing-pen.
Meg Wildman’s Pregnant Pursuit is just, not to put too fine a point on
This is why editors and publishers make voodoo dolls of us and stick pins in them:
has anyone seen my shotgun?
[Phone rings. It is one of my authors, whose book is publishing shortly–long ago catalogued etc.]
Author: I’ve been thinking, the title of my book shouldn’t be [TITLE HERE]. It would be much more powerful if it were [HERE TITLE]. More
Overheard from one area of the office not five minutes ago: “Okay, we finish writing this and then we give it to the Eviscerator over there” (accompanied by a thumb-jerked-in-my-general-direction gesture).
This makes me kind of proud … but, no, I do not get to wear a cape and top hat while giving an evil “Bwahahahahaha” laugh as I go about
As a follow-on from Do You Want Editing With That?, I give you a list of Desirable Characteristics for an Editor[i].
An expansive knowledge of the English language – or whatever language you’re writing in.
An in-depth knowledge of grammar, its rules and regulations.
Possession of the secret of where to put commas, apostrophes, colons and semi-colons.
Someone who can spot a comma
(kitteh snurched from Lolcats)
I spend much of my time editing, both for myself and for other people. Some days I enjoy it. Some days I think it is a punishment from the universe not only for my sins in this life, but also the sins I’ve committed in, oh say, my