National Editor Appreciation Day
Posted December 1, 2010on:
There really ought to be one. Why now, you ask?
Well, considering that NaNoWriMo just ended, and the world is now flooded with thousands of manuscripts written at a breakneck pace, I’d say that this is the most appropriate time there is. If anything, it should be National Editor Appreciation Month. Unfortunately, while lots of people like to think there’s a novel inside of them, not so many like to think that it needs to be fixed.
But I have other reasons, especially since I didn’t do NaNoWriMo and I probably never will. I do have stories, though, and those stories do need to be edited. Last month I had a record (for me) 5 stories getting edited in a row, St. Martin’s Moon followed by ‘Bite Deep’, then ‘Steampunk Santa’, “Chasing His Own Tale 2′, and lastly a re-edit of my first novel Unbinding the Stone. Not to mention trying to write new stories at the same time, while the holidays were all around, mucking things up.
So I didn’t blog so much.
Anyway, my editors did me a great service, beyond the moaning, groaning, and kvetching about my punctuation that they usually do. It turns out that in two–count ’em, two–of my stories, there were actual errors in the text! OMG. Stephen Brayton noticed that I had a character who knew the story he was starring in was a paranormal even though he hadn’t been there when the decision was made. Jenny Turner noticed that I had a character who knew nothing of oceans or even lakes nonetheless use words like ‘hurricane’ and ‘island’, even ‘tropical’.
So I, with the great modesty that is so characteristic of my noble spirit, offer my thanks to these unsung heroes, without whom my stories would be less fabulous than they are. (The astute reader may have noticed a subtle element of humor in the previous sentence. Rest assured it did not include the part about offering thanks.) (Well, maybe the part about ‘unsung heroes’ was a little OTT.)
Have your editors done as well by you, rendered you a similar service?