3 Responses to “See me at Smart Bitches”

  1. Bev Stephans August 31, 2007 at 2:12 PM #

    Dear Angela,

    I have been waiting for an “editing” column to ask you a few questions. First, let me tell you that I am not an author nor do I wish to become one.

    Recently, on a blog that shall remain nameless, there was a rather lengthy reply by an author. I was appalled at the grammatical errors. She did not capitalize her “I’s” and her use of the language was poor. Now I realize that I have probably already made a few usage errors myself but I think that it is inexcusable for an author.

    This is my question. When you receive a submission by an aspiring author, does the misuse of the language turn you off or do you overlook it and read for the story only? I realize that editors can clean up all of the errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation but don’t you get upset by the sloppiness?

    This was strictly curiousity on my part.

    Bev Stephans

  2. Angie August 31, 2007 at 2:18 PM #

    I think I know exactly what you’re referring to, Bev.

    The answer is that we do overlook some grammatical and spelling errors. We don’t expect any submission to come in totally clean. But, if the submissions shows a real lack of understanding of basic grammar skills and were to look like that post in question, no. We wouldn’t sign that. Not only is it incredibly time consuming to “fix” a manuscript with a good amount of spelling/grammar errors, it also calls into question the author’s ability to perform edits without inserting numerous errors into the text. Or their ability to perform edits at all.

  3. Bev Stephans August 31, 2007 at 3:03 PM #

    Thank you for replying to my question. It had been bugging me and I wanted input from “The Horses Mouth” so to speak. Keep up the good work and the “good” books!

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