See, I’m not just a stickler. There’s method in my madness.
… or why a good proofreader is part of the creative process of your book.
I recently read in the Observer a wonderful interview with Mary Norris, who does what I do for a living, i.e. she’s a proofreader and copy editor; the difference being that she’s worked for the last 20 years at the New Yorker, which makes me greatly in awe of her. I revere the New Yorker more than any other publication, not only for its content, but also its covers, its history, and its famous building, the first sight of which a few years ago gave me goose bumps.
Mary explains the value of copy editing and proofreading in an inspiring way that makes me want to share it with you, so I quote:
‘Some might wonder why we still need copy editors when we have spell-check. It does catch typos. But the reason that…
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