All I can say is “AMEN!” Maybe it’s because I’ve been around for a l-o-n-g time, but like you I grow increasingly weary of lazy mistakes made by lazy/uneducated writers and so-called editors. Is it too much to ask for sentences that actually make sense? That aren’t riddled with typos?
It’s sad to think that the public doesn’t care anymore, and continues to consume the increasing amounts of cr** being offered. Freelancers will go on pumping out trash if that’s what the publishers want. (I recall coming across an ad once on one of the freelance job boards in which the buyer wanted a large number of 500-word articles that “don’t have to be good or even grammatically correct. They just have to be unique.” I began looking at giving up the keyboard and becoming a greeter at WalMart.)
As always, keep up the great work!
Jeff Adams Copywriting
Handcrafted in small batches to ensure freshness
When I sent my electronic manuscript to (a very large POD publisher) they added errors to it but they were common typing errors. That is what I find that is erroneous with some editors that re-type the manuscript when they do not have to and like (that large POD publisher), add errors and delete sentences that were not deleted before just to get me to pay to have the book edited. What happened is that I was blamed for those errors afterwards by some that read some if it, but not all of it. A suggestion that helped me out nine years ago, which I follow completely now, is no matter what you write, even email, edit it. Those things that do not seem important will plague the rest of your writing.
George Arnold Hall
Business: George Arnold Hall’s Pen and Pencil
Writer / Developer
Works done or in Progress:
Series: Immortals of Scar (more info at georgearnoldhall.ca)