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How Much?

Sometimes authors approach editors and ask how much it will cost to edit a manuscript sight unseen. Authors may even tell editors in the same query that they have a specific deadline in mind. Experienced editors are highly unlikely to agree to this. But why not? Don’t...

Facts and Emotions

Sometimes we editors have to distance ourselves from a manuscript. Sometimes that happens when the scope of work requires a lighter touch from the editor than would best serve the manuscript. For example, a manuscript might be difficult to follow, sparse in its...

Why Editors?

Two days ago, the New York Times notified their editorial staff that they were going to lay off buy out half of them. So the editorial staff published an open letter to Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn. In it, they describe some of what we...

Dental Cleaning at the Galactic Rim

I had a conversation recently with an author about realism and genre. Their book was a police procedural, so there was a murder and detectives and even a search warrant, but it also took place on another planet. The author wanted to know why they should care about...

True Facts about the Space Tarsier

Do you want people in the criminal justice system to read your book or throw it across the room with great force?[1] Maybe your book has criminal justice stuff in it and you know that the stuff in it is fake but you keep it that way because you think the “story”...

@Altgov Resistance Accounts

I’ve taken a look at some of these altgov Twitter accounts to give a brief review of what they’re doing. The courageous men and women running these accounts are engaging in unprecedented level of bipartisan resistance by transmitting information to the...

Watch Your Language

Women, watch your language. That seems to be the message of a lot of articles on social media, lately. The penalty in polite society for a woman’s saying the right things in the wrong way is to be dismissed personally and professionally. (Polite society is where...

Make it Plain

No one wants to read anything that looks like the terms of use for the average computer software. Why do we insist on writing like that? For example, here is an excerpt of the Terms of Use for the Waze app.* All words in this entire blog entry that are in boldface are...