When copyeditors brag that they haven’t overlooked a typo since they were twelve, they reinforce the image of a superficial reader with her elementary-school list of rules chopping away at the weeds without noticing the forest or where the path is headed. They relegate our profession to the status of other stereotypes that ignore the challenging, creative, intellectual aspects of a job ...."She concludes:
Writers are trying to communicate something–and writers are not the best proofreaders and copyeditors of their own work. It would be helpful if all those cheerleaders for communication could focus a little more on the message and put the occasional grammar or punctuation gaffe into proportion._________
Saller's article is featured today, Dec. 13, in my daily online paper, Garbl's Style Write Choices--available at the Editorial Style tab above and by free email subscription.
My online work is featured at Garbl's Writing Center, my free portal to these writing tools:
- an annotated directory of writing resources on the Web
- an editorial style manual
- a plain-English writing guide
- several guides to concise writing
- a bookshelf of writing references I recommend.
BTW, as I writer and website manager, I emphasize the value and necessity of quality copyediting with a statement like this one on various pages of my website:
Whatever their acclaim and position, all writers need editors. I don't have one for Garbl's Writing Center, so if you spot a typo, unclear message or possible error, please let me know.It also should note that all publications and websites need proofreaders!