Wednesday, July 01, 2009

One sure-fire way to identify an amateur publication

If, anywhere in the publication, copyright is referred to as "copywrite," don't submit your manuscripts. Either the editors don't know what copyright is or their proofreading skills suck.

copyright = "the exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc."

copywrite = not a dictionary-approved word, though a copywriter is "a writer of copy, esp. for advertisements or publicity releases."


Andrew Culture said...

I'm constantly astounded at what obvious mistakes people make when submitting work to my zine for publication. Someone once told me it is more important to have great ideas than it is to be grammatically perfect, and while that may be true to a certain extent I wish more writers would find a happy middle ground rather than leaning too far either way!

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Michael Bracken said...

To create a manuscript that is both creatively brilliant and grammatically correct is something to which I aspire. Most days that middle ground is a bloody nice compromise.