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  •  Editors - that is to say, acquisitions editors - (7+ / 0-)

    aren't paid to do the kind of line-edit many writers need. They certainly don't have the time to do the kind of in-depth copyedit that copyeditors are paid to do (but too often don't -- with a shout-out to the brilliant copyeditors who persevere against great odds).

    Proofreaders are often the last, best defense against malapropisms, bad usage, bad punctuation and even -- and I have found this, back when I was proofing books -- what in the movies they call continuity errors.

    IOW, your high school graduate can't spend three months on the moon and all of a sudden have switched colleges (that he was going to attend when he returned to Earth) and also have a year or two of credits (when he hasn't been attending college even remotely by computer).

    You can't blame the author. Too close to the work.

    Where was the editor? This isn't line editing: this is catching a HUGE logic gap. Where was the copy editor? They are PAID to catch this stuff.

    Nope. Caught it in page proofs. When it's extremely expensive to fix.

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

    by Youffraita on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 08:03:50 PM PDT

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