"Speaking as an Editor"
by L. S. King
two things that really irritate me - and how I can be bribed
This time around, I'm donning not only my author's hat, but my editor's cap as well - yes, it looks silly, but hey, this is me.
Two things really irk me. And they are somewhat related.
One is opening a submission and finding it full of errors. Granted, I doubt if I've ever read one that doesn't have something wrong with it, even just a missing quote or comma, because it's virtually impossible to achieve perfection in a manuscript. But when a story is loaded with typographical errors, has missing or extraneous words throughout, doesn't seem to have even seen a spell checker, then I wonder, as an editor, how much effort the writer has bothered with, and how much he or she even cares.
And as a writer, it bothers me because I go over my writing several times before even submitting it to my critique group. After getting it back, and fixing any errors they find, I go over it again - and even read it aloud to see what I've missed.
The second is following submission guidelines. For two reasons:
I was asked facetiously once if I could be bribed. I replied yes - a clean, crisp, properly submitted story. Chocolate would too, but it clogs my modem.
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