12 Responses to “Editor quirk #2”

  1. Meljean January 25, 2008 at 1:42 PM #

    I type The End at all of my manuscripts to let my editor/copy-editors know that it is the last page.

    But maybe it’s different if all editing is done on a digital copy instead of a hard copy?

  2. Meljean January 25, 2008 at 1:47 PM #

    (I should probably clarify — it’s the last page, meaning there’s no epilogue/author’s note that might have been lost in the shuffle of getting the manuscript from desk to desk, through the mail back to me, and so one. It IS clear when the book ends — to me, it just signals that nothing else follows the manuscript pages.)

  3. Angie January 25, 2008 at 1:50 PM #

    It makes perfect sense in that situation. But not in a final copy, lol.

  4. Meljean January 25, 2008 at 2:00 PM #

    Oh oh — like the published copy? Yeah. That’s just distracting.

  5. Charlene Teglia January 25, 2008 at 4:59 PM #

    So then how about – 30 – ?

  6. vanessa jaye January 25, 2008 at 9:43 PM #

    I typed ‘The End’ at the end of my ms, and…. I kind of *assumed* it would be included in the published book. ::blushing::

    In my defense, I wrote ‘The freakin End’ , with ‘freakin’ being in a different color font (think I even angled it so it looked like it was squeezed in). There’s a running joke through the story which has heroine trying to stop swearing. ‘Freakin’ and ‘friggin’ etc, plus some other embarrassing utterances, is what she resorts to.

    I thought it was a cute way to end the book. But perhaps not… 😳

  7. carolyn jean January 28, 2008 at 9:50 AM #

    I can sort of see why the end feels too kid’s book, and also, it’s words, so it’s like part of the manuscript. I usually do a ###. Do editors prefer nothing? I guess you have a good point that the end should seem endingish on its own.

  8. Sela Carsen January 28, 2008 at 5:19 PM #

    I write The End on all my finished work. It makes me feel like I’ve really accomplished something! Then I delete it before I hit “Send.” 🙂

  9. Evanne January 28, 2008 at 10:14 PM #

    Not every editor feels the same way–just saying. Some of us writer are a cooperative lots. ;;)

  10. Angie January 29, 2008 at 8:19 AM #

    *points to word quirk* I own it.

  11. kate r January 30, 2008 at 12:36 PM #

    how do you feel about
    ####
    or
    -30-

    Back in my newspaper/magazine days I used to have to put one of those in or get in Big Trouble.

  12. Lynne Connolly February 4, 2008 at 9:50 PM #

    So that’s why you always delete it in the edits!
    I type it because it is the end, I’m writing and suddenly I realise I’ve written the last sentence.
    I will restrain my enthusiasm in future drafts, though.

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