Should You Be a Dog-Whistle Copyeditor?

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The Princess and the Pea

Jonathon

I've sometimes thought of this as Princess and the Pea editing—only someone of great refinement and superior breeding will detect the presence of a minor usage offense buried in pages and pages of text. I often hear editors say that it doesn't hurt to make these changes, but I appreciate the point that editors are frequently short on time and can't afford to make them all.

Posted on Tue, 09/25/2012 - 12:08pm

second-nature copyediting tasks

Anonymous

This oath is getting better and better, Erin. I'm increasingly following #4, which I never used to think I had time for. Pre-reading saves time in the long run in many cases.

I take exception to just one thing: a good editor doesn't have to "ponder" the difference between "convince" and "persuade" or "compared with" and "compared to." These kinds of copy editing details should be so second-nature and automatic that fixing them is actually faster than pondering whether one has enough time to fix them.

Arlene Prunkl
www.penultimateword.com

Posted on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 3:54pm

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