[LMB] late-series copy-editing/copyediting/copy editing,
howard at brazee.net
Wed Sep 16 16:31:23 BST 2015
> On Sep 16, 2015, at 9:18 AM, Lois McMaster Bujold <lbujold at myinfmail.com> wrote:
> PL: I often fail to appreciate the "improvements" made to stories in the
> revisions done by authors revising them to "modern" standards, and/or
> tweaking things for retconning.
> LMB: Yeah, but spelling errors that have survived for ghod-knows how many editions are not one of 'em.
> Ditto randomly mixed Brit and Yank spelling. And turned-around quotes and apostrophes, artifacts of sending the files back and forth between curly and straight quotes at various times. Or e-buggered paragraphing. Also, the first paragraph of a chapter or section should not be indented. Who knew?
A favorite editing is when Isaac Asimov decided to make only one change for his Foundation trilogy when it was re-released. He replaced the word “atomic” with “nuclear”. Our language had changed.
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