Think of your most favorite old blues song, with the wailing sax and mournful bass, and then just wail right along with it, and you'll get the gist of this post. Or to heck with this post, just get into the rhythm and sing your heart out. You'll feel better, I promise. "G"
For those of you who haven't experienced a true copyedit, let me just give you one tiny little peek at what goes on behind the scenes of a book production. I spent 5 hours today and covered only 30 pages of manuscript. At that rate, my 350 pages will take... oh heck, someone else do the math. A Long Time. Long, long, long.
And I can't do it while I'm traveling. Today alone I had to access half a dozen websites, the Chicago Manual of Style, Roget, THE ELEMENTS OF GRAMMAR, and my editor. Oh, and all my research books looking for a song title. Try hauling a library and computer through the desert with all your vacation clothes and Christmas gifts.
But I did learn I can access the Chicago Manual of Style, on line, for a fee, or free for 30 days. I think I'll go with that 30 day option. It took me half an hour to hunt down the capitalization rules my copyeditor is ostensibly following. And breaking.
Remember the word STET. It will stand you in good stead should you get published!
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