Three Copyeditors Walk into a Bar…
Instructor: Suzanne Johnson
Course Description: Three copyeditors* walk into a bar. One says: What’s the difference between “your dinner” and “you’re dinner”? The other says: “One means you have a meal; the other means you’re dead.” The third one chokes on her drink because that was so funny.
Yes, you have to be a bit on the OCD side to be a copyeditor. Who else could argue for an hour about the merits (or lack thereof) of the Oxford comma, or whether AP Style or CMOS should be the gold standard?
*Copyeditors is one word in CMOS, which is used by most fiction publishers. Copy editors (two words) is preferred in AP Style, which is used by most newspapers and magazines.
In this two-week workshop, you’ll learn from a veteran copyeditor some of the most common pitfalls we see in manuscripts—and ways to avoid them, as well as what to look for in a copyeditor and some of the problems authors have with their CEs. After all, we just want to get along….
*NOTE: She will also offer anyone who takes the copyediting workshop a 25-page copyedit as part of their workshop fee, if they want one.
Instructor Bio: Suzanne Johnson was happily ensconced in New Orleans as a university magazine editor and veteran copyeditor when Hurricane Katrina sent her adopted hometown underwater. She took her Katrina experiences, added wizards and magic (and the sexy undead pirate Jean Lafitte), and began what has become the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series published by Tor Books. Writing under the name Susannah Sandlin, she also writes award-winning paranormal romance, including the popular Penton Legacy series for Montlake Romance, and romantic suspense and thrillers, including two series, The Collectors and Wilds of the Bayou, also for Montlake. She was the founding copyeditor for Entangled Publishing, leaving when her own writing career needed more TLC. Suzanne grew up in Alabama halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’s birthplace and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of college football and fried gator on a stick. She currently lives in Auburn, Alabama, where she is a full-time author and does copyediting work for other authors both as a freelancer and on Reedsy.com.