When my engineer hubby and I decided it was time to build a house, we spent a lot of time working on all the details. We chose everything from paint color to faucets. After a lot of hard work–we painted the whole interior ourselves–we had exactly the house we dreamed of owning. Except for one […]
Books are not babies, but hearing criticism of a newborn manuscript can often feel almost as personal. Yes, I’m at the critique stage of the writing process. And yes, it’s still difficult sometimes. Writers put a great deal of work, time, and heart into a manuscript, and it is scary to think all that might […]
Copy editors take a lot of grief. I know. I’ve been doing this job for ten years. And now that I’ve written and published a book, I can honestly say that I have experienced the editorial process from all angles. I know how it feels to have your work marked up and to see changes […]
When I first began copy editing, I did not truly understand style, and probably, I am still growing in my comprehension of it. But because grammar, punctuation, and style can be stumbling blocks to writing fear free, I wanted to share what I’ve learned so far. A writer’s first goal should be communication. Not only are we […]
OK, everyone grab your smelling salts and assume a Mrs. Bennet-like posture on your sofa because I am about to induce an attack on your poor nerves. Here we go. Are you ready? Jane Austen had an editor. I’ll give you a moment to recover.