Catching Flack

And other reasons you may need an editor.IMG_8031 adj

by Andy Scheer

“I hope I don’t catch flack from my wife,” the author wrote me, “for having to write on Mother’s Day.”

I understood what he meant, even if he didn’t type flak.

What’s the difference? The first means a publicity agent. The second, a burst of anti-aircraft fire. I know which one I’d rather catch.

Unless you use waterproof ink,
don’t ask someone to pour over your writing.

How can you insure you don’t make that mistake? I doubt you can, even if you beg your State Farm agent. But if you’re in doubt, you can ensure such errors don’t go into print by hiring an editor—or at least a grammar-nerd proofreader—to pore over your manuscript. (Unless you use waterproof ink, don’t ask someone to pour over it.) The expert can then assure you your manuscript has been checked for misused homophones.

What are those? Words that sound the same but have different meanings.

It’s easy for some people to confuse similar words. But enough writers are sufficiently word-conscious, I blame the problem on spell-check and its suggestions.

That thought could make me shutter, but my windows are already closed.

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.
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