Dear Miss Snark,
In today’s blog entry you’re talking about an agent doing a “mark up” of a manuscript. Being that I’ve never had any contact with any agent, I have to ask: what’s a “mark up?”
This is when the nitwit client can't spell worth crap and thinks "making the fir fly" is a what lumberjacks do. Sadly, they also happen to have really good books so Miss Snark grimaces, screams, curses, and hauls out her red pen and copy edits the stupid thing.
You might gather from this that Miss Snark is not happy about this. She's not. She's less happy about sending out anything that's got stupid mistakes in it though.
Thus: mark up. I mark up your manuscript, you fix it and send it back, then I sell it. I complain about this so often and so cruelly that you vow to never EVER need it again.
I only have to do this about three times a year. MOST clients have everything in apple pie order (that phrase always amazes me cause one thing an applie pie is NOT is orderly) but I still like to make sure it's correct. A second set of eyeballs catches the most amazing things.
Several of my colleaguse flat out refuse to do this and say in stern tones to Miss Snark "stop that, it's their responsibility." Miss Snark hangs her head in shame but continues to wield the red pen. I'd really like to stop, it sucks time like a hoover, but so far, I just can't.