March 8th is National Proofreading Day.
Yes, the dreaded proofreading. That last thing authors and editors have to do after living with a book for months. Frankly, everyone is pretty well tire of looking at the text by that time, but that final round of proofreading is crucial for catching as many niggling oopses as humanly possible.
For that final proofread, authors and editors, who no longer have the needed fresh eyes, have come up with different ways to freshen up the text to make it feel like they're looking at it with fresh eyes.
You can tell by the subtitle of this blog page that I don't want to write stodgy old blogs about editing.
One of the ways to make an editor happy (besides sending brands of tea she loves but can't afford or just send her lots of money), is to master some basics of punctation, grammar, and sentence structure. She's happier when she can focus on important content issues rather than constantly correcting the same wrong punctuation, grammatical gaffe, or awkward sentence structure.
So pour a cup or glass of your favorite beverage and join me on adventuring through the world of editing.