The Editor's Edge by Karin Nicely.

Please welcome Karin Nicely, a professional editor, who will be posting on her own contributing page for the Scribbler. Postings will appear the first of each month.  Karin welcomes any questions  or opinions you may have on editing.

Karin Nicely is the president and lead editor of Seren Publishing Co., Inc. She provides copyediting, developmental editing, proofreading, and project management services along with writing workshops, consultation, and coaching. 

Karin has previously been a guest on the Scribbler and you can read her interview HERE.

The Editor's Edge

January 1, 2021.

Help! I Can’t Turn Off Editor Mode


When people learn I am an editor, they often ask if I’ve read this bestseller or that inspirational book. And my answer for a long time has been, “Well, no…I read manuscripts and research materials all day for work, so I hardly ever read for pleasure anymore.” I would also add that it is difficult for me to just read a book (or magazine article, website text, business communication, etc.) without editing it in my mind.

But recently, I was going through some things in a closet and came across a stack of books—one of those “when I have time” stacks we book lovers like to populate our homes and offices with. I picked up a paperback, read the intriguing back-cover text, then turned to Chapter One. As I pored through that chapter and the next, I suddenly realized I was (gasp!) reading for fun. I was getting into the characters and anxiously turning the pages to see what happened next. Now, does that mean I didn’t notice the occasional typo, awkward phrasing, or redundancy? Of course not. But I wasn’t getting bogged down by them, either. The sheer joy of being immersed in the story was propelling me through it all.

Therefore, I have realized that I absolutely should read for enjoyment much more often. After all, my love of reading is what got me into this profession in the first place. Whether it’s a fantasy novel, a paranormal mystery, or a tome on the odd creatures of the ocean’s depths, books can still produce excitement, wonder, and joy, even for me—no, especially for me.

As long as I remember to turn off my Editor Mode.

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  1. I'm definitely not an editor, but I find that discovering several typos or even formatting issues will put me off enjoying a book. I find this happens more with self-published books.

  2. Thank you for visiting and your comment. The odd error has never stopped me from enjoying a novel but warns us that we must do our best to present the best copy we can.

  3. I agree. And many times, clients have hired me to edit a previously released book after having received positive comments on the story itself and negative comments on readability due to distracting typos, grammatical errors, or even awkward sentence structure.


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