Monday, September 9, 2013

If Dee Stewart doesn't know how to form the plural of "writer" and that "alotof" is not one word, 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.<<

  • Dee says she has been an editor "for ten years." An editor should know that it's "10" (most of the time) -- not "ten," "writers" -- not "writer's," "prospects" -- not "prospect," "cool" -- not "kewl," "event" -- not "events," and "faith" -- not "Faith." 
  • "Prior to raising my daughter, Selah(8,) I have spent over ten years as a publicist . . . ." should not use "have" before "spent." The parenthetical text needs to be fixed, too.
  • "alotof words" needs to be more words.

She won't get any editing business from me.

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

EPILOG: I just learned out that Dee (who wrote as "Miranda Parker") died in 2012. Maybe it's wrong to criticize the dead, but her blog is still alive, and so is her bad writing -- possibly leading people to believe that her errors are acceptable.

Just as we need executors for our wills, writers need people to update their online lives when the writers are dead. This morning, nearly a year after her death, 
I read on Facebook and on that Dee/Miranda "resides with her family in Georgia near a horse ranch and her daughter's Girl Scout Troop. On a perfect day she can be found curled up with a good book or in a movie theater with a bucket of popcorn."

That sounds nice, but sadly it's no longer true. 

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