Sarah Avery (dr_pretentious) wrote,
Sarah Avery
dr_pretentious

The Kind Of Detail I Care About

Only two of the stories we bought for the anthology have appeared elsewhere. One of them, by an elder statesman of the genre, had been out of print for so long, no electronic copy existed when we requested reprint rights. I have been checking our electronic version against the original as it appears in a book, making sure no errors got introduced in the process of scanning it and running it through optical character recognition software.

I care about whether a comma appears between the "Oh" and the "shit" in "Oh, shit" or "Oh shit." If a character uses that expression twice in rapid succession in the same paragraph, but one instance has a comma and the other doesn't, I can't be at peace until I know which the author intended. Or, at least, which the author allowed to go to press when the story was first published.

This is the kind of thing that keeps me up at one in the morning.

Apparently I'm doing the work I was meant to do in the world.
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