Thoughts on editing styles

I must admit to not pulling punches when I edit. That attitude comes partly from my experiences with editors whose brutal honesty I have come to respect and appreciate, and partly from their admonition to return the favour when my time came. And, like our Senior Editor Dr. Robert Runte, I have also received comment from colleagues who are surprised I am so blunt, and have been called mean as well. I was once asked…

Errors, from the desk of Robert Runte

Had an urgent email today from an author who had awakened in the middle of the night with the nagging feeling there was something wrong with the manuscript we’d just sent off to the publisher. The author had started work on the sequel and couldn’t remember whether one of the minor (i.e., non-speaking, almost entirely off-stage) characters was the King’s sister or daughter. So went to check the manuscript and found that the character was…