You Don't Say John E. McIntyre writes about language, usage, journalism & arbitrarily chosen subjects.

Some things your editor wants you to know

The Baltimore Sun

You know the adage that if you’re looking for fast, cheap, and good, you only get two? That applies to editing.

I'm here to help you achieve your purpose.

It’s possible that you may be muddled about what your purpose is. We should talk.

I’ll tell you what I prefer, and you can counter with what you prefer, and then we’ll try together to figure out what the reader would prefer.

If you insist on being a damn fool, I can't stop you.

I’m not judging you.

No, really, I’m not judging you.

All right, of course I’m judging you. But I’m a professional and know how to keep private what I think—just as you keep private what you think of me.

You’re the one who will get the credit.

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