On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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RITA Award Winning Author -- that's like the Oscar, folks! Futuristic/Fantasy Romance and Fantasy with Romantic Subplots.

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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Copy Editors

Image hosting by PhotobucketA copy editor is a person who checks your manuscript for spelling, grammar and punctuation. They might also catch overuse of words, choreography problems, awkward sentences and things that confuse the reader.

I have the same copy editor for my Heart books at Berkley. I realized this when she corrected my second manuscript (Heart Thief) for one of my made-up words...spellshield and a couple of other words that weren't consistent with HeartMate, the first book.

This is not the person who worked on Road of Adventure when it went from trade to mass market size. I could tell. How?

In my books, my cats refer to themselves as "Cats." Uppercase at all time. As Me, Mine is uppercase at all time in their dialogue. Though Road of Adventure is a contemporary paranormal romance, the cat in it -- a ghost cat going for wings -- does this, too. ("The Cat needs food," Boris pressed on. "Shauna feeds the feral Cats in her neighborhood. That's how she got Me." "That's what I'm afraid of," Jake muttered.)

I think the Me, Mine stayed, but the Cats got lost in the shuffle...anyway, I corrected them and the page proofs are on their way back to NY.

May no grammar, spelling, or punctuation shadow your mind when writing today!


Blogger moonhart said...

And speaking of cats...is the pic of your inspiration for Zanth?


8:58 AM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Actually, it's Diva/Drina (in Heart Choice), the Queen of the Universe, relaxing.

Here's Zanth:

And if that doesn't work, photos of Zanth are on June 6, blog, HeartMate Cover

9:19 AM  
Blogger moonhart said...

Ah, a cat in that position, it's tough to tell.



9:31 AM  
Anonymous a reader said...

For a wonderful cat look at BBC Scotland to the pictures sent by people - just following his/her person in the snow.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Yes, Moon, the position can be tough, most of my cats have white stomachs, and you certainly can't tell that Diva has blue eyes that match the afghan.

Thanks for the info, reader!


8:21 AM  

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