Watch Your Language: How to Prepare Your Manuscript for Publication

by Mike Reeves-McMillan Back in the mid-90s, I was an editor for what was then Hodder Moa Beckett Publishers. We got manuscripts of, let’s say, varying quality, and it was my job to fix them up to a professional standard. (Some of the worst ones came from journalists, by the way.) I developed a mantra for editing: “Always check everything, even the things you think are right.” I’m not naturally a detail-oriented person, but following that principle helped me to turn out consistent quality work. Even if you’re hiring an…

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