I’ve been very lucky in having a lot of authors express their thanks to me for my work on their books, but Fiona’s is particularly wonderful for suggesting that copyeditors and other “invisibles” in the process deserve recognition for their contributions. For those who don’t click links, here’s some of what she said:
I also wanted to say, in all seriousness, that copy-editors like Deanna are rare and appreciated by their authors. I strongly feel there should be some professional recognition of copy-editing and other technical work offered at awards like the Hugos and Nebulas, and at World Fantasy Convention where professionals gather annually to discuss the year’s business. There is no reason under the sky why a copy-editor should not be singled out for meticulous attention to detail, and going above and beyond the call of duty. And there are other technical staff who also deserve recognition, but at the moment I especially want to point out that a good copy-editor deserves notice.
Deanna would be someone I’d vote for every year for her work on manuscripts. Now, let me explain the extent to which she cares about the work in front of her. Without Deanna, my novel would have contained more historical mistakes, because not only did she review my spelling and punctuation, but she looked up every calendar date, recorded battle, all castle specs, every city, each plausible distance in kilometers, and every important person throughout several encyclopedias. We were in constant contact, and as I had lost my novel notes from five years prior, she made the work shine with her attention to detail — where I simply could not. It was Deanna’s work with my novel that rebuilt my missing notes file from five years before. This is not an exception to the rule; this is how Deanna works. On everything.
I appreciate this enormously, because I’ve honestly always tried to do my very best on every project I take, and it becomes difficult after so many years in the same job to stay motivated sometimes. Thank-yous from authors are always wonderful, but recognition from the industry as a whole–this industry I’ve been involved in so deeply for the last decade and a half–would be…well, it makes me tear up to think about it. It would mean more to me than I could say.
So that was a wonderful way to start off the day.
Be sure to check out Fiona’s wonderful historical novel The Crown Rose. It’s gotten wonderful reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and I think you’ll enjoy it.
I'm a freelance copyeditor specializing in fantasy and science fiction. SF/F novels I have copyedited have been finalists for (and have sometimes won) the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, Endeavour, Golden Spur, John W. Campbell Memorial, Quill, Locus, Philip K. Dick, British Science Fiction, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy awards. In 2007 I became the first and only copyeditor ever short-listed for a World Fantasy Award.