Wednesday, December 9, 2009

If she doesn't know how to form the plural of "writer," I won't hire her as an editor

(copied and pasted from

>>Hi, I’m Dee Stewart and I write Christian Fiction Blog to support writer’s of Christian Faith. I started Christian Fiction Blog in 2004 to help other writer’s deal with the sometimes overwhelming prospect of book promotion and book events marketing while still running a household and increasing in spiritual maturity.<<

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Dee says she has been an editor "for ten years." An editor should know that it's "10," not "ten," "writers," not "writer's," and "faith," not "Faith." She won't get any editing business from me.

Years ago political satirist Tom Lehrer sang, "Don't write naughty words on walls if you can't spell."

Editors who are promoting their business should make sure that their words don't need to be edited.



  1. That's one crappy e-mail. The other stuff I could probably forgive (Christian writers like to capitalize everything, including pronouns, like "He" when they are referring to God or Jesus or Moses or any other Biblical person) but the possessive as a plural is MY PET PEEVE.

    If you can believe it, the IRS actually released publication that had a million typos like this-- all the plurals had apostrophes. I wanted to scream. If I find a link I will post it on my blog.

  2. Just finished reading your Tue. blog about Amazon. Very interesting. Was wondering, however, about the following sentence:

    Shortly after Amazon's announcement, it was sued by . . .

    What’s the antecedent of “it?” Amazon’s? Announcement?

    By the way, I sure did laugh about those silly Christian Writer’s!

  3. To Dan:

    Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.

    While I think the meaning is obvious from the context, the construction is a definite lapse, and I will fix it.