By Rogena Mitchell-Jones & Colleen Snibson
A little "Lions, tigers, and bears . . . Oh my" going on today. Sorry about the ear-worm from the Wizard of Oz. This really has nothing to do with the movie or book, though. Let's move on to the real reason we're here today. Editors.
Why do you need an EDITOR?
Nothing destroys the credibility of your writing faster than publishing an error-filled book. No one gets a second chance to make a great first impression. And you can't undo an overabundance of negative reviews. We think those are three very good reasons to hire a copy editor.
Hiring a copy editor shouldn't be an option but a requirement. Every writer and author — even an editor — needs a copy editor. Period. End of story.
So let's discuss the differences between a copy editor, a line editor, and a proofreader . . .
We have heard it all. "Word has glitches." We know. However, Word is THE best tool for an author and editor to use. Not Google Docs. Not Pages. Not Publisher. Word. Trust us on this one.
By using MS Word Track Changes, it saves the integrity of the author's manuscript. All changes are marked—most likely in red (my favorite color)—and easily identified. And it really is easy to use.
So let's talk a little more about using Microsoft Word Track Change . . .
Tautology comes from the Greek word meaning "redundant."
Tautology is the repetition of the same idea with another word or phrase. You might have had your editor tell you something was redundant. This was probably when you allowed tautology to appear in your writing.
Here is what Grammarly says:
"When you repeat an idea that has already been stated with another word or phrase, it’s a tautology. Sometimes it can give the impression of presenting new or supplementary information, or it can add emphasis. Other times, ... it is simply an unintentional redundancy."
The author/editor relationship is unique. The author and editor need to connect. They also need to understand what is expected of each other. Connection and understanding.
The editor should know that the manuscript—the book—belongs to the author, not the editor. The author has hired the editor to work with them to make the book the best it can be.
However, back to the point of this blog. Here it is, and yes, this really happened and has been happening a lot . . .
The comma is probably the most confusing punctuation mark as there are so many rules that go along with correct usage of the comma. Today, we are going to look at only one comma rule—using a comma with direct address.
Do you know what direct address means in grammar? It's when you address someone as I did at the beginning of this blog by starting it with Hello, Readers. I often receive emails addressed like this:
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