All editors have some funny quirks about things they don’t like to see authors do. I know of one who dislikes the word “suddenly” to start any sentence (I can see her point when it’s done too often) and others who hate dialogue tags of any kind, or any POV switches. Some editor quirks are more intrusive and less reasonable than others (like the last two I mentioned). Quirks aren’t always something that’s “wrong” for the author to do, just that the editor personally dislikes.

I have quite a few quirks, I’m sure. Usually I don’t think of them until I see them in a manuscript, but there’s one I can name every time. Dialogue tags written like this: “said Joe”. Hate it. It reminds me of reading a children’s book, and for some unknown reason, Winnie the Pooh in particular. Yes, every time I see a dialogue tag where the tag comes before the name/speaker, I think of Winnie the Pooh. For me, there’s something terribly unsophisticated about this type of tag and it grates on me. Now, I’m not so stubborn that I’m going to force an author who uses these to change each and every one, but I’ll always make a note and let them know they’re a personal peeve of mine and why.

“Because you don’t want me thinking of Winnie the Pooh when I’m reading your erotic romance,” said Angie.

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