Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Top Ten Online Editing Mistakes

"Sometimes the question of where to put a comma, how to use a verb or why not to repeat a word can be important, even strategic.

But most of the time the author either missed that day's grammar lesson in elementary school or is too close to the manuscript to make corrections before I see it.

So the following is a list I'll be referring to people *before* they submit anything in writing to anybody (me, agent, publisher, your mom, your boss).

From email messages and front-page news in the New York Times to published books and magazine articles, the 10 ouchies listed here crop up everywhere.

The list also could be called, "10 COMMON PROBLEMS THAT DISMISS YOU AS AN AMATEUR," because these mistakes are obvious to literary agents and editors, who may start wording their decline letter by page 5.

What a tragedy that would be.

They're so pernicious that even respected Internet columnists are not immune."



Pat Holt - Holt Uncensored -
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