Rachel Neumeier

Fantasy and Young Adult Fantasy Author

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Copy edits and marked-up manuscripts

This, by cartoonist Grant Snider, is funny, even though these days at least half my copy edits are to Word documents with Track Changes turned on.

I particularly like the “Set in Italy” and “Horribly wrong font.”

Anyway, copy edit marks are kind of a thing of the past, or heading that way. I’m not fond of track changes — when you change something and then change it back and then adjust it again, it winds up looking really confusing on the page. But it’s okay for copy edits, where mostly you can either let the copy editor’s change stand or else comment “Stet” and seldom need to do much else.

These marks are still worth a giggle, though.

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