When Copy Editors Go Bad

Verbatim, from the person performing a stage-two copy edit on the MS of my first published novel, with my comments at "TK: " [1] “There should never, ever be semi colon’s in dialog, please take them all out, use regular commas or make separate sentences. Thank you.” TK: The errors here are minor, but when they’re being made by a copy editor, you begin to wonder.  First, putting a blank space between “semi” and “colon” should never, ever be done. Normally, “semicolon” is one word. At most, … [Read more...]

How to Punctuate Dialog in Fiction

How to Punctuate Dialog in Fiction by Terence Kuch You may also be interested in my recent post Point of View: Elements and Choices, a presentation in PowerPoint with detailed commentary in Word. The easiest way to find this is to Google "Point of View" "Elements and Choices" [do not include the colon] - the post should appear as the #1 hit. Or see www.terencekuch.net, my writer's profile, or go to www.amazon.com/author/terencekuch ===============================  [“…punctuation … [Read more...]