I got nice notes from Liz Gorinsky and Cherie Priest this week about my copyedit of Cherie’s book Wings to the Kingdom. Cherie (who had to review copyedits the week before her wedding!) had these complimentary things to say:
Thank you–in a big and loud way–for handling Wings to the Kingdom with such panache. I loved the way you knew what to leave alone, and stopped me when I tried to do dumb things. :-)
(She didn’t actually try to do anything dumb that I remember, but the thought is nice anyway. :-))
She ended by telling me I’m fabulous, which, hey, who doesn’t love to hear that?
Being able to analyze each book individually and decide what to leave alone in that particular text (it was important to maintain the Southern flavor of the narrative in Cherie’s book, for instance) is a higher-level skill than simply applying the same set of rules to every book one handles. I know it’s one of the things that editors and authors really appreciate about my work, and it’s always nice when they tell me so. :-)