At 4/13/10 09:24 PM, gumOnShoe wrote:
At 4/13/10 05:41 PM, Flyingdingo0827 wrote:
I'm sorry but don't you think you're setting the bar a little high?No, if I'm putting $300 dollars towards this, the least you can do is hand me a story that's flawless in terms of grammar & spelling; especially after I give you several months to work on it. If you aren't willing to put the time into it and your best work or even find an editor, you don't value your writing enough for me to desire to publish it.
The U.S. at least mandates everyone of of you will have access to basic training in spelling & grammar. You clearly have the internet, another tool which can teach you what you don't know. If anybody who wants to participate knows that they are too lazy to find another person to edit for them if they know they are incapable, I will not waste my time.
I mean...even seasoned authors have a minor grammatical/spelling errors that might not get fixed in the final draft. Also I think that if someone decides to put in their story for the anthology but it doesn't get in, I believe that you should at least give them a response so that they could at least fix the problem and hopefully get the story re-submitted into the final draft.If it is clear that something fell through the cracks, but the story is otherwise amazing I will likely contact the author anyways to let them know they need to edit again. If the story has more than two errors and I'm not further than one paragraph through, I'll just stop reading. That's all there is to it. I will not waste my time because someone else was too lazy to do what they should have done.
I took a course in college where we were asked to write 10,000 documents and we were told for every grammar and spelling mistake found we would loose an entire letter grade. My professor called it the draconian rule, and amazingly it worked. I have confidence anyone who wants to be published in such an anthology of this will also have the respect for themselves and me to edit and revise their work.
Man, you really seem to be a bit of a dick. It's nigh on impossible that a human can do something like this without error, and certain that virtually none of us have money to throw at hiring proffessional editors. I have been writing for pleasure for years, and would love to join this project. However, if you are going to show no respect for the effort some of us may dedicate a large portion of our year on, and just destroy the work, then I personnaly think YOU are the one who is being lazy and selfish. We put forward our efforts, all you do is glue them together and ship them out. Put some effort in to this project of yours, and help us spellcheck. Run spellchecker programs, if you see just one error, don't bin the work, you lazy fuck, CORRECT IT. It's not hard. Or are your fingers too tightly buried up your own arsehole that you can't push, let me think... 2 KEYS!
*backspace, insert letter, done*
Unfortunatly, I don't have the time at the moment to spellcheck others work, because for the next year, I am doing my final year of GCSE's. However, I swear on my life, If I wasn't, I would say to people to send me the work first, and I WOULD PERSONALLY SPELLCHECK IT FOR THEM, because I know how much work like this means to people. People pour their heart and soul into writing, and some people develop an emotional bond to their work. For you to just delete thier work is an insult to what they have done.
Oh yeah, and something tells me that if you bother to try putting your own lot in, and write a story to be sold as well, if you find a spelling error or grammar error on the readthrough, YOU WON'T DELETE, WILL YOU, FUCKER? No, YOU will edit out that mistake. You won't just delete the entire work and start from scratch, eh? No, didn't think so. Put yourself in other peoples shoes before getting all high and mighty.
Not everyone is american. I am british, and there are many european users on this site, probably around 1/2 to 1/3 of people here, are not americans.
So, if you intend to start writing, you need to open your mind a little, and stop being so critical of tiny mistakes. Terry Pratchet, one of the, if not the most beloved writer in the history of writing, has made spelling mistakes before now. I should know, I've read tons of his books, even the non-discworlds.
So, in conclusion, put some effort into your own project, and you don't even have to spellcheck them, just reply with the file attached and say, "Hey buddy, there's an error next to *insert line here*. Fix that up and send it back, ok, mate?"