So I just finished reviewing my copyedits from Orbit. Â They were great. Â Whoever did the copyedits was super thorough, which I really, really appreciate. Â I did learn a few things for next time, however. Â And I will share them with you, mostly because if I write them anywhere else, I will lose them. Â I lose everything for I am a bit batty.
Anyway, here is what I learned from copyediting:
1) I am 30, and in my day (which in MLA years makes me about 400), one was supposed to put two spaces after a period (or full stop for my British readers). Â Now it’s only one. Â I should have known that.
2) I’m still not certain what to do with ellipses but they seem to involve four, suddenly, and to be tightly spaced. Â I’ll have to watch and see what they do with them in the final copy.
3) In future, I need to make a firm decision about what to capitalize and what not to capitalize and be more careful about consistency. Â I had capitalized all of my supernatural names, which was dumb, so I made some lower case but not all and . . . disaster ensued. Â
4) Never, ever, quote song lyrics. Â This was my big gaff. Â In academia, we have a very generous fair use policy. Â You can quote pretty much anything, at great length, as long as you attribute it properly. Â But apparently the music industry sues the pants off anyone who even breathes in a way that might sound at all like an actual lyric. Â So I was busy rewriting those scenes, and will never quote lyrics again. Â
5) I have also learned I have to learn the Chicago Style Guide. Â Dagnabbit.
This is what I learned reviewing my copyedits. Â Thanks!