I’m going through author queries. It’s not a bad job, you get to see how the author responded to each delicately worded comment and carefully considered style decisions.
However, it plucks on my last nerve when I say “AU: Can you be more specific than ‘schmutz‘ here?” and then the author responds “OK.”
Awesome. You know what? I knew you could be more specific. That’s why I asked. You are the one with subject expertise and one or ten more advanced degrees than I have.
Cougar Clause likes to tell me that there are no stupid things, just stupid people. She likes to tell me this after I stub my toe on a door, for example. And then she wonders why I’m so cranky to her and not to other people.
Considering the idea that there are no stupid authors just stupid author queries (which, incidentally I don’t believe for a minute, but am using for argument’s sake), I might admit that I could have phrased the query better. “Please be more specific here.” But communication is a two-way street. Maybe the author, who, remember, has ten more advanced degrees than I do, should have realized that the query was a politely worded prompt to be more specific.
Are there stupid authors? Does “schmutz” really have a “c” in it? What are your questions?