Have you taken a look at your NaNoWriMo project since you finished it on November 30? Setting a manuscript aside is a great first step. You’ve probably found yourself wondering, “What next?” Someone will almost inevitably suggest publishing it or looking for an agent. Someone might say you want or need to get it edited.
Double-tapping is one of the more annoying things I encounter when I’m editing. This particular typographical sin is usually committed by people in an older demographic, those who were around when typewriters were still in use or those who witnessed the rise of the personal computer and the word processor.
The thing is, our technology has evolved. We don’t need to double tap anymore.
I saw a reader complain recently about publisher-backed books still sucking. The sticking point seemed to be the price—the publisher was charging $6.99 for the eBook and taking a cut of the profit. And yet, the reader lamented, the editing was less than stellar; in fact, she wondered if it had even been edited.
There’s a saying: Everyone has a novel in them. And a lot of people seem to believe that, not the least of which is any number of celebrities who have tried to pen books.
Earlier this year, a comic book shop owner in Florida took comic publishers to task for being too political. His argument is comics should be an apolitical space, where no one needs to worry about “left” or “right.” Comics, he argued, needed to provide a comforting embrace for everyone, rather than adding fuel to the fire of divisive politics.
Back the fuck up, please. Comics are a safe space? Publishers need to get their politics out of his store?
Has he ever read a comic book in his life?
You knew this was going to come up sooner or later. This is a term I see tossed around all the time, by people who should probably know better. As a professional editor and proofreader myself, it really ticks me off when people use the term proofreading as a catch-all for editing.