Dread of the red pen

Back in the day, when I was a junior editor at Commonwealth Hansard, I used to dread seeing my work thrust back at me covered in red track changes. Of course it made me a better editor. And my senior editors skilfully (but not always kindly!) showed me how to back up my changes with authority and reference to the appropriate source.

These days I’m the bearer of the digital red pen – but I always wield it tactfully!

Rachel Smith from fabulous freelancing blog Rachel’s List shares her experience with the vicious red pen here.

Jane Aylen of Access Editing is always happy to explain and back up her editing changes and suggestions, and to gently guide clients through the red-pen quagmire! If you have an editing question, get in touch at jane@accessediting.com.au