So I’m working on the copy edits for Wild Ride, and the copy editor is annoying me. For one thing, she loves m-dashes. It’s bad enough that she deletes my ellipses and puts in dashes–they’re not the same thing, okay?– but she also takes out my commas and puts in dashes. Is she INSANE? Then she thinks she knows more about the Army than Bob does, so she keeps putting a lower case “a” on Army, when Ethan is talking about the American Army which is capped. She also keeps crossing out my “as” for her “so,” as in changing “She looked different, not as bouncy,” to “She looked different, not so bouncey.” Bite me. She changed my “insure” as a verb to “ensure” as a verb, even though they’re synonyms. And I don’t like “ensure.” She also doubted my use of “bemused.” My use of “bemuse” is just fine. And then there’s my syntax. She doesn’t like it. She likes hers. Which is why she changed “A miner’s had could only do so much,” to “A miner’s hat could do only so much.” Keep your red pencil off my character’s voice, you . . .
And with all of this, she misses typos. I’m screaming already and I’m only on page 144. All of which is to say that it’s going to be awhile until there’s a new post. BECAUSE I’M WRITING “STET” EVERY TEN SECONDS, THAT’S WHY.
Note to copy editors: If you want to write a book, write yours, not mine. Thank you.