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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Working with an Editor: So What Is a Caret?

Many readers of this blog know that I often run editing tips in my SharingwithWriters newsletter and occasionally include them in this blog with a reminder than anyone who doesn't want to miss a single one should subscribe by sending an e-mail with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to HoJoNews (at) AOL (dot) com. I'll subscribe you myself.
When you begin the editing process with the editor assigned to your book by your big New York publisher, you may need to know what a caret is. (Or for that matter, when you hire a great editor to edit your self-published book!) When he or she uses the word caret (or actually uses the little symbol in her edited copy), you don’t want to have to ask what it is. A caret is a little pointy thing that looks something like this ^. It directs you to an insert the editor is asking you to make. Note I said “asking.” A great editor doesn’t demand changes. She suggests them. You pay attention certainly. Ask if you disagree or don’t understand. But the final decision is up to you.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults. and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success (How To Do It Frugally series of book for writers). Learn more about her other authors' aids at , where writers will find lists and other helps including Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog. She tweets writers' resources at . Please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

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