Monday, October 18, 2010

An ego boost for copyeditors

from THE INTERN’s blog Hail to the Copyeditor
“Copy editing is not for sissies. A good copy editor does not humor you. A good copy editor does not chuckle warmly at your tendency to misspell the names of foreign dignitaries or diseases and let it stand ’cause it’s cute. A good copy editor will kindly but firmly tell you that your phrasing is unclear, your language offensive, and your punctuation laughable. These people are frighteningly smart and thorough and have your manuscript’s best interests at heart and deserve all the love and respect in the universe.”

1 comment:

Pat said...

In the toolbox of nearly every editor is a big chunk of diplomacy. After that is tried, the editor uses a big feather--to tickle the author into submission :-)