[LMB] late-series copy-editing/copyediting/copy editing,

Howard Brazee 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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