Copyedit Slogging…

Normally, I’m all about digital.  Hitting “send” on a manuscript is a hell of a lot better than printing it out and slogging it to the post awful, hoping against hope that nothing eats it en route to NYC.  But when it comes to copyedits, I admit, I miss the days of paper edits, post-its, and red pen STETs.

Digital queries are just, somehow, more annoying.

And of all the elements of making a book, there is nothing glamorous about a writer going through a copyedit.

You start with a fresh cup of coffee and maybe something healthy to munch on, and by the end of the first day you’re surrounded by two empty coffee mugs, a half-full mug of tea, a water glass, a wine glass, the remains of your re-heated dinner shoved to one side, and increasingly snarky retorts in the margins, feeling like someone ran over your brain with a snowplow, and wishing dreadful fates on the copyeditor* who wants you to adhere strictly to Strunk & White, even in dialogue…

And there’s still another 240 pages to go.

Rinse and repeat, tomorrow.





*not all copyeditors, obviously.  Mine’s fine.  But enough of the breed prize conformity and rules over creativity and voice to make conflict inevitable.

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