Dear Copyeditor

I’m truly sorry. Even though I know comma rules well, I am unable to apply them consistently throughout my manuscript. Compound words boggle my mind. I’ve used snow bank, snowbank, and snow-bank all in the same manuscript. Hell, I think I typed all three variations in one scene. I cannot for the life of me remember when to use a hyphen or where it goes. How can I line edit the same manuscript over and over yet still have so many typos?

You are so tactful and gentle when you point out totally lame errors like the misspelling of my own characters’ names. Or that time I changed a character’s name for just one chapter. Then there are the occasions that I forgot what my character was wearing or what he was doing in the middle of a scene. We won’t talk about the two characters in one book with the same name. <head desk>

I appreciate the fact that you take the time to reference grammatical rules in Chicago Manual of Style. You probably live in hope that someday, these rules will sink into the long term memory area of my brain and leave an imprint.

I hate to tell you, but that isn’t likely to happen.

By the time I meet my deadline, I’m well and truly fried. My eyes cross at the thought of  making one more pass through my book. In fact, please take you time with my edits. The time span between meeting my  deadline and receiving copyedits can’t be long enough.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for preventing me from looking like a complete dumbass. You are appreciated more than you will ever know.

Sincerely,

One Grateful Author

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3 responses to “Dear Copyeditor

  1. I can relate to this!
    Hugs and happy writing~
    Nancy

  2. Ah, this is why I want to become a line editor – for those that get it. Or get that they don’t get it! Haha. But even so, I truly understand the impossibility of naturally getting all those pesky comma rules right three times on one page.

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