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Jennifer Anderson
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Editrix, Word Witch, Health Policy Writer
Editrix, Word Witch, Health Policy Writer

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When punctuation collides! (I'll be really honest: double punctuation makes me itchy, even when I know it's logically correct.)

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"And there is the problem when copy editors fetishize minor details; the big errors can be overlooked."

Managing the details is important, but not at the expense of big picture problems. 

I'd just started developmental edits on an epic space opera when my client received an offer of representation from a truly fantastic agent. I'm sad that I'm losing him, but I'm also incredibly excited. I hope you all get to see Song of Edmon soon!

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Here's a little Wednesday motivation from Alex de Campi.

"I am here for you freelancers where every day is a new war; I am here for you day-jobbers where it’s all the same old battle and then family at night and you’re too tired to work on the story and all you want to do is watch TV. I see you and I want you to know that you’re okay. That we all fight this battle in different ways, and I know you’re doing the best you can. Living is hard. Creating is harder. I am here for you on the weeks you write zero words and the weeks you only write 500 and the weeks it all flows out of you like salt water and you’ve written 10,000. I see you when you look back over it and wonder if any of it is any damn good at all. Keep it. It’s good. Keep going. You can edit when you are done."

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More than 650 editors went to ACES this year, and the BuzzFeed copy team asked them to share their advice for young editors. (Yeah, that's me in there.)

On Sunday evening I received my latest manuscript: a massive space opera following in the footsteps of Pierce Brown's Red Rising. Started reading for the developmental edits, but I've got a long way to go!

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"As we went along, sentence by sentence, a pattern began to emerge: The junior editors were unpredictable. Some rewrote heavily, others lightly, none making the same changes. The experienced editors tended to seize upon the same faults and make similar — but not identical — edits in some cases, and in others the suggested fix was nearly identical."

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Kameron Hurley explains how she writes out of order:

"When I sit down to officially write for the day, I’ll try to start writing chronologically, filling in what needs to be filled in from the beginning, but if I’m stuck or I get bored, I’ll jump ahead to some other scene that I’m excited about writing so I don’t waste my writing time."
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