On Editors and Copyeditors

Just recently my editor taught me when to use “elder daughter” instead of “eldest.” Today my copyeditor taught me that these {} are called French braces. Sometimes I get questions about the “adversarial” relationship between writers and editors, and I say, sure, sometimes you have to stick up for your stuff, but most of the time (if you’re working with good folks, as I am), editors and copyeditors are in the business fo making me look smartest than I am.

Yes, those two typos were for fun.

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