Saturday, February 26, 2011

Questions to Other Writers Out There

Regarding editors, how to you feel about the following?

* Do you feel it's important or necessary that an editor read through your entire manuscript first before editing?

* Should an editor touch dialog to correct grammar?

* Does an editor have the right to tell you to change the name of a character because she doesn't like it?

3 comments:

Missy Jane said...

Hmm, I guess I wouldn't know if my editors have read through my MS before editing or not. None of them ever said so. As for dialogue, that would probably be on a case by case basis. If the character speaks in a very modern, slang based dialect, then correcting for grammar might completely change their voice. However, I don't think an editor should change a character's name based on personal feelings or opinion. If it's a fact that the name is overused that's one thing, but just because the editor doesn't like it? No, I don't think that's right.

Josie said...

Yes to a read through, no to the editor changing dialogue but, like changing a character's name, these tings can be negotiated...

Double Your Dating said...

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