Wed, Apr. 19th, 2006, 09:18 pm
Did I mention that I made my first pro magazine sale a while back? It's nonfiction, of course -- an essay on cliches in book-length works, for the cliche-themed issue John Scalzi is editing for Subterranean.
Today I proofread my galleys. (They may be .pdf files, but they're still galleys.) There are twenty-eight separate items in the corrections I sent John Scalzi. The majority of them are creebs about formatting details, loosely wordspaced lines, and laddered wordbreaks. The last item says:
(You bought a piece of writing from a compulsive rewriter who's also a former typesetter, proofreader, copy editor, managing editor, et cetera. What did you think would happen?)
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
Weird. "Creeb" is an old piece of fanspeak.
Mon, Feb. 2nd, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
Congratulations. But I don't know that I buy that "nonfiction, of course." You can write fiction.
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)
Shhh! That's supposed to be a secret!
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
I find myself unsurprised, yet still quite amused.
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
And congrats! :-)
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the sale, and I look forward to reading the essay. I don't suppose this means we might have a _Making Book_ II in the future?
I've got the compulsive rewriter thing too. Heck, I've still got white knuckles from where I had to pry the last MS out of my own hands to put it into the mail... I am somewhat convinced that there are typos that are entirely invisible until you've sealed the envelope, then run rampant through your obsessed-over prose, kicking over punctuation, vomiting up extra spaces and line breaks, and generally pissing all over your spelling and grammar. All those SF novels with alien names filled with apostrophes? K'tik'tak't'ough?
Not the author. Hostile, sentient typos. Really.
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
I would be very nervous, copyediting a piece by you. I mean, talk about your lese majesté
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 09:14 am (UTC)
Funny, that's exactly how I think of it.
Fri, Apr. 21st, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
Ha! Gimme it--I'll rip it to shreds...if it needs that.* Otherwise, I'll do little to it. Egos are irrelevant in this process (theoretically).
*Of course, it's more than likely it won't. But if it does...
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
[giggles quietly to self]
Congratulations, and I am pleased for selfish reasons as well. That sounds as if it will be both entertaining and useful.
And I second the motion for Making Book II.
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 11:56 am (UTC)
Congrats on the sale!
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)
I only found two things wrong with mine. But I am an awful proofreader, I always see what I think is there.
I thought yours was really interesting though!
Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering, do you send e-mails in perfectly punctuated complete sentences? I myself would rather rewrite a sentence ten times than use the Netspeak that my friends use.
Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
Wow, old home week.
Mon, Apr. 24th, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
If it weren't compulsive behavior, it wouldn't be compulsive behavior.