Flashpoint of the week: editors and writers egos? (Take II)

Subject: Flashpoint of the week: editors and writers egos? (Take II)
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 14:47:30 -0500


Dick Margulis observed, in passing: <<One other thing. Red is for schoolteachers. Blue is for editors.>>

This varies greatly among authors; in my experience, the only ones who have any difficulty with red ink are prima donnas who have problems with the editing process as a whole. But that's neither here nor there. It does, however, suggest strongly that Lisa should consider moving her editing process onscreen. Onscreen editing has two great advantages in Lisa's context:

First, if you're using Word (presumably other software too), the choice of how to display the edits (color, format, etc.) can be set independently by each user. If you like fluorescent pink edits, you can probably coerce your software into showing you edits in this manner.

Second, you can (in Word) toggle quickly between concealing and displaying the tracked changes. This lets you (respectively) see only the results of the edits and how you got to those results. Sometimes authors are much happier just seeing the results, without having to wade through all the red (or chartreuse or whatever) ink. That's doubly true if they can reveal the edits only when something looks wrong.

--Geoff Hart ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca
(try geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com if you don't get a reply)


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flashpoint of the week: editors and writers egos: From: Wright, Lynne
Re: flashpoint of the week: editors and writers egos: From: Dick Margulis

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