Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Editing Standards UK v US
I've been published by 11 publishers in the UK (4 fiction, the rest non-fiction) and 2 in the US (both fiction). That's obviously not a representative sample so what I'm about to say is only my opinion. Nevertheless, judging from my limited experience one country's approach to editing is much tougher than the other's. One country accepts the occasional typographical error, one does not; one takes a rigorous approach to syntax and punctuation, one is relatively relaxed. Can you guess which is which?