Sunday, August 19, 2007

THE LOST ART OF THE EDITOR


You can read my less than ecstatic review of Time To Kill by Brian Freemantle at:




4 Comments:

Blogger Peter said...

I noticed a less annoying error in a book I'm reading now, and the idea crossed my mind of compiling a database of these mistakes, seeing if they are especially prevalent among certain publishing houses, then using the information to shame those publishers into hiring and paying copy editors.
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5:59 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Good idea,Peter.
I am not sure they don't have copy editors it is just that some books are so bad they don't read them.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Oh, they have copy editors all right -- likely freelance, which averts the inconvenient necessity of having to pay benefits, not to mention that feeling on the part of the copy editors that they are a part of a shared enterprise and a common cause.
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Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
http://www.detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/

8:17 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

For English writers to set a book in the USA or Canada and use a British copy editor is foolish. The language and the culture are just different, after all it is 22/08/2007 in Pennsylvania Exeter and 08/22/2007 in Pennsylvania USA, just for starters.
But the trend for everyone to be made freelance in order to avoid paying benefits and National Insurance that we have in common.

1:36 AM  

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