I’m a Judgmental Racist Sexist Snob and Unimaginative Reader

Or so says an author whose book I recently copyedited. I’m racist and a snob because I lowercased voodoo (as per Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed.). I’m sexist and judgmental for trying to clarify an amgibuous pronoun antecedent (I changed “They” to “Those women”). And I’m an unimaginative reader because I did my job and queried unusual word choice to ensure it wasn’t an accidental typo. And that was in the first ten pages. Only two hundred pages of insults to go. Ah, the perils of copyediting.
On a happy note, today I finsihed filing my taxes for 2005. Hooray! No small task, since I lived in three different states, but at least I didn’t have to worry about filing in Texas, since they don’t have state income tax.
And more happy news, Jenny and Shawn are moving right down the street from me!
I’m thinking of having a garage sale soon–I have to get rid of all the former resident’s stuff to make room for all my junk, which is currently spread all over my backyard and has weeds growing up through it. Anybody want to bring some stuff to sell? Possibly next Saturday, but more likely the following weekend. I have a big storage thing I want to get rid of, and a small dining table, if anybody wants to shop early.

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4 Responses to I’m a Judgmental Racist Sexist Snob and Unimaginative Reader

  1. Who knew Dan Brown would be so touchy about the copyediting notes on his sequel to ‘The DaVinci Code’, ‘The Cubist Conspiracy’?
    What I would do is make a peace offering to this writer. May I suggest sending the author this book?

    And Texas is very proud of the fact we don’t have a state income tax. Thanks for the publicity.

  2. Bon says:

    That’s a GREAT suggestion from M. Robert Turnage! Heeeeee!
    I have to say, Courtney, you are SO COOL with your queries. You NEVER make the author feel as though she has made a mistake–only that she could consider making a clearer choice or more widely understood choice. Just AWESOME.
    And you’re far too brilliant to be anything but a rockstar at your job. I’m sorry that author has taken to insulting you. You do great work and deserve respect and love!
    So there! 😉

  3. Stephanie H. says:

    Thank you for reminding me of the craziness one deals with in publishing. Love it! (but don’t miss it)
    Don’t let it hurt your feelings. You know they’re all insane, right? 🙂

  4. Anne Marie says:

    Well, if I was an author, I would want you to edit me. That lady has a screw loose. And is a narcissist.

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