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  •  Most editors have been replaced by interns, (4+ / 0-)
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    cfk, Brecht, Youffraita, Monsieur Georges

    methinks. Or employers want editors that are also designers and database managers--three positions for the pay of one.

    •  Acquisition editors seldom (3+ / 0-)
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      cfk, Brecht, Monsieur Georges

      have the time to do a complete line-edit on a book. And publishers no longer hire out-of-house line editors to fix this stuff.

      There are still copyeditors, though, and proofreaders. And the stuff the copyeditors miss -- !!!!!

      I once caught (in page proofs, mind you) a major continuity problem in a novel by a fairly prominent author. I caught it b/c I was proofing the book, so reading it extremely closely and in a timely manner.

      But it's very expensive to do that kind of rewrite in page proofs: the copyeditor should have caught it. The overworked acquisitions editor should have, but I can understand how they didn't. The discrepancy was about 150 pages after the original setup, if you know what I mean. People forget, esp. if they are reading ten different mss at once.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Wed May 22, 2013 at 10:31:24 PM PDT

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