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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Tangent Alert: Why the Word is Late Today...

And now for something completely different... ;-)

Yesterday afternoon I got an editing test from an online publisher. I went through it with as fine-toothed a comb as I have ;-) and sent it back to them just a little while ago. I'm not sure how quickly I'll get results, but I am curious. The text was around 5 pages in length and definitely had some rough patches and issues. I used Microsoft Word with its "track changes" and "comment" abilities (which, frankly, were a bit new to me). There were moments I felt more like a ghostwriter than a proofreader or editor. I guess that's something I'd need to rein back in (for the sake of time constraints, if for no other reason).

So, what's the worst that can come out of this? Theoretically I may have just alienated whatever writer created the text (gosh, I hope it wasn't an early submission from any of their staff). Other than that, I learned to use some new tools, faced another fear, and hopefully will wind up with a cool title, more freelance work, and involvement with an interesting group of people with somewhat similar interests. At least I've gained a little more experience in this genre. ;-)

That's why the Romance Writer's Word of the Day is late today... Apologies!
~Saoirse

2 comments:

RomanceWriter said...

Wow, that's cool. Critiquing others work is something I had to get use to slowly. Good luck with getting the job.

Sara

Saoirse Redgrave said...

Thanks, Sara. When I was teaching I did a lot of critiquing (had a creative writing club and all, too). I had a critique group years ago online (YEARS ago) where I proofed a bunch of stuff (some for really bad writers). I even edited and helped publish a few things for people in a VASTLY different genre (and under a different name). I'd like to try the job; I think I could learn quite a bit in the process.

Take care!
~Saoirse

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