My new manuscript is making me nervous. It is very cleanly written. I have little to do but add serial commas. About five pages in, I discovered a sentence that I could rephrase to make more precise, and I attacked it.
I like messier manuscripts. I know where I stand; I can tell that I’m improving them. But this one is in a new field. Am I not understanding the vocabulary well enough to catch the errors? Are there terrible mistakes lurking beneath the surface? Or is my author just a good writer and precise in her diction?
How do you edit a book when the author is smarter than you are? These are the tricks that copyediting play with your mind. This is the downside to the fact that I have a job that allows me to work in my pyjamas (guilty as charged).
What makes you nervous?