Miss Snark has survived another four day weekend.
While others on the jitney were loaded down with
trashy romance novels (buy more! buy more!
Miss Snark encouraged) or some weighty "look how
smart I am" tome, Miss Snark was hauling
No need for strength conditioning when you
are an agent. Lifting the daily submission pile
counts for abs, pecs and thighs. That is what
Miss Snark tells those pushy lads at NYSC
and she's sticking to it.
In all three manuscripts Miss Snark was really
really REALLY annoyed to find spelling errors,
format errors, blank pages, missing pages and
general all around slacker pages.
So, you might ask, what's the big fucking deal Snark Breath?
It's not like this is the final version heading to the printers.
You know it's "safe deposit box" and so would a copy editor.
If I write "safety deposit box" you KNOW what I mean, and
so does any editor. Why are your panties in a wad?
Ah, dear prospective client, let me tell you why.
It shows you care about your work.
It's like brushing your teeth before a date,
and polishing your shoes before a job interview.
Now, hard as this may be to believe, Miss Snark
is obsessive/compulsive/anal and persnickety.
In fact, Miss Snark's mother's maiden name
was Persnickety, so it's bred in the bone.
Being the current embodiment of the Persnickety line,
Miss Snark's attention leaps to all errors in manuscripts.
This is NOT a good thing if you are trying to enfold me in a story.
If your heroine is engaging in a mad passionate love affair
with a porcupine, and you spell it porkypine, trust me,
the mood has been broken.
It's like being able to see a ballerina sweat.....it's really
hard to appreciate the grace when you see the effort.
Good spelling, good formatting is the ballet equivalent
of making it look effortless.
Read it more than once. Have someone with an eagle eye
read it more than once. Pay for that if you have to.
All we see is what you write.
Tie your shoes.
Brush your teeth.
And for gawdsake, back to the barre!