I’m doing hard copy edits on the book that’s due today. I have two more chapters and the backmatter to go. This gizmo to the right has been my best friend.
It is my mom’s typing stand. Mom was a graduate of Miss Hickey’s Business School. She worked in accounting but, to my knowledge, she was never a secretary which is kind of sad because this is one handy-dandy stand.
I generally only do one hard copy-edit per manuscript, unless a section is giving me troubles. When that happens, I print it out, go into the dining room and work on paper. Then I come back into my office and prop the manuscript up on the stand.
I hope that all of you take the time to do a paper edit when you write something. I’ve already been through the manuscript 3 or so times on-screen. And I’ve listened to it read by Speak. I find mistakes via Speak that I don’t find on-screen. I find mistakes on paper that I didn’t hear and sure didn’t see on-screen.
Given the fact that we want to give our editors the best possible work, I would definitely recommend doing a hard copy edit. But you’re going to have to find your own typing stand. This one is mine.