And I was so looking forward to sending in a nice short AA sheet in a timely fashion. :P
Although, really, the short part was shot to shit as it was, because in every instance when there is speech inserted in a fashion that is not, "I said," the copy editor has changed my punctuation.
My punctuation: Brad's disgruntled, "You certainly didn't," came across the room in a mutter.
The CE's punctuation: Brad's disgruntled "You certainly didn't" came across the room in a mutter.
The CE is not *wrong*, because this is a stylistic thing, but it *is* a stylistic thing, and *my* style is to use the frelling commas. I have done this with every book. I have never had to go through the whole manuscript and fix it all again after the copy editor got done with it. Grr! (This is far more annoying than the CE who removed all my hyphens, so words like "extra-long" became "extralong". WTF, over.) I know in neither case is this a massively bad copy edit, but that doesn't make it less frustrating. Nrgh.
Nor can I see why the CE decided to change the spelling of "dammit" twice at the end of the manuscript, causing me to have to go through the whole thing and make sure I hadn't missed places where s/he'd changed the spelling.
Going to bed now. I'll finish this mess in the morning. :P