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July 22nd, 2004
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a small disappointment

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From:bjorng
Date:July 23rd, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)
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I have the same reaction to poor copy-editing. Plot inconsistencies can get me as well, but mostly it's typos and similar basic errors that throw me out of the story. That was my biggest gripe with Cryptonomicon -- my hardcover has at least a dozen typos in it.

I know that copyediting is an arduous task. I've done it myself, and my g/f does it professionally. But my feeling is, if you're going to do it, do it right!

As an aside, I think that MS-word is the greatest bane to good editing that has ever been created. If an author uses it, the source material can be severely damaged by bad assumptions that its autocorrection system makes. If a copy-editor uses it, the classic M*ft "we know what's best, so shut up and take it" effect its features have cause more harm than good. On the upside, I think its autocorrect function has drastically increased the use of the word "impute", at least in emails that I regularly see that should be asking for "input". :)
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