kit (mizkit) wrote,

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Partway through doing my AAs I started to realize that there seemed to be some things I'd sent in with my copy edits that hadn't made it into this version of the manuscript. Once I finished going through the AAs, I checked my copy edits pages, and indeed, a good half to two thirds of my copy edits hadn't made it into this manuscript. This would be aggravating enough in and of itself, but the copy-edit version of the ms is printed in a funky font with funky line spacing, and consequently has absolutely no bearing on page and line numbers compared to the AA manuscript, which means going through the whole thing with a fine tooth comb once more in order to *find* the places I need to re-insert the damned copy edits.

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
Tags: writing, wtf

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