Awesome Post

From the virtual pen of Deanna Hoak, Zen and the Art of Copyediting, which lives here. In fact, go over here for regular visits, for there is much useful goodness.

Every once in a while, I get a request from a production editor that makes me realize how very…Zen, for lack of a better word…my approach to copyediting novels is. I’ve been specializing in fantasy and science fiction for eleven years now–that’s a long time for a freelancer to survive–and I’ve worked hard to build what I’m told is an excellent reputation in the genre. When I approach a novel, my first thought is not how to make it conform to the rules set forth by The Chicago Manual of Style or Words into Type. My first thought is more often, What rules need to be broken in order to make this book as accessible to the reader as possible?

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4 Responses to Awesome Post

  1. Desolie says:

    So, so true. All writing is about the reader, not about the ‘rules’ – although you need to know the rules before you can knowingly and effectively break them. And that’s why a good editor is the writer’s ‘best friend’ and collaborator.

  2. Deanna Hoak says:

    Thank you, Angela. It’s nice to see the post appreciated still. I’m glad you found it informative.

  3. Angela says:

    Thanks so such a great article! 🙂 The spec-fic editor has a HUGE task and it’s great to see someone who thinks about it so carefully and in such a considered way. 🙂

  4. Angela says:

    True – the price of a good editor is above rubies!