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    June 19, 2009


    steven gillis

    and marry them!

    Andrew Roe

    Nice post, Dan. It's great to see copy editors get some love. They tend to get forgotten.

    Georganna Hancock

    I seem to notice at least one typo in every new book I read for reviewing. Sometimes too many errors skew my feelings about the book, an attitude the writer doesn't deserve.

    Writers could also use copyeditors. Usually the author is waaaaaay too close to the text to be able to see mistakes. My problem in copyediting others' books is not knowing how far to go in suggesting corrections and changes. I try to just stick to the fix for grammar, spelling, etc., but I see errors in logic and fact. Pointing them out is not always appreciated, especially by academics.

    It sounds like you have a great relationship with your copyeditor. Thanks for telling everyone about it.

    Cassie Tuttle

    I love the way you think, Dan!

    Thanks for showing some love to us copyeditors.

    You know the saying, "behind every great man ...."? Well, behind every great book is a great copyeditor."

    Mary Gillis

    Aw shucks! I'm actually a little superstitious abot copy-editing. I've never written about it without including a typo!

    I feel privileged to be part of Dzanc.


    In this post, the first sentence of the second paragraph is missing the word "us." I apologize if this was intentionally left out as a joke. I'm not a very funny person.


    Oops, reading Mary's comment above (which I should have done in the first place), I see that there might very well be a "reason" for having omitted the word "us." Very well.

    Dan Wickett

    Sadly, Shya, it wasn't. Much as I think it's great we have a fantastic copy editor for the books, I KNOW I need one for this blog and for my emails. It amazes me that I can type something, print it out, read it four or five times, do one more double-check on screen, hit send or return, and then notice (or in this case, not notice until it's pointed out) an error.


    Cliff Garstang

    Check out a recent book, The Subversive Copy Editor, by Carol Fisher Saller:

    It sheds light on the life of the copy editor--a must read for writers.


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