If It Bleeds - all Holly Gibney stories?

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A better title would have been "Let it Bleed" with a tip of the hat to Mick and the boys. This is the kind of free advice you get on the Internet! Some stories with Stones titles like "Dead Flowers" or "You Got the Silver." King would knock those out.
 

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A better title would have been "Let it Bleed" with a tip of the hat to Mick and the boys. This is the kind of free advice you get on the Internet! Some stories with Stones titles like "Dead Flowers" or "You Got the Silver." King would knock those out.
I guess they (those offering free advice from the internet) didn't get the news reference, i.e. "If it bleeds, it leads." :)
 

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What sort of manuscript is it you get sent, is it a first draft? Is Stephen still working on it or is it pretty much the done, final edition?
The one I have now is the first draft and I usually wait until all edits have been made before reading any of the new work so I don't have to re-read them. Not always, but that's how it usually goes.
 

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That makes sense, have to make sure there aren't any typo's! Not that Stephen is victem of such a thing!:grinning:
There sometimes are but I'm not the one doing the editing so I don't usually comment on those. If I notice a continuity error, that I will bring up but more often than not the copyeditor has already caught it by the time I get around to reading it.
 

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Thanks for the reply, I appreciate the info. Out of curiosity, what is your specific function in reading the manuscripts? Is it just for continuity? How many errors do you usually catch? That must be a tough thing in a sense making sure a King book is as free of errors as possible. I assume there is some pressure. And to be honest, when you've said you read his works before they were published, I thought that was a perquisite of the job.

I ask too about the frequency of errors because when I write (mostly as a hobby, but still) I find I am very full of discontinuity (I assume that is the correct term for the opposite, I know it also has a mathematical meaning). Always frustrating when it happens, I'm not sure why that happens to me so much. I'm assuming King must not have too much of that, but yet, in On Writing, I think his advice is to fix everything after and just go as fast as one can in first draft. I wonder too if colleagues like Richard Chizmar and Bev Vincent help out in this regard...
 

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Thanks for the reply, I appreciate the info. Out of curiosity, what is your specific function in reading the manuscripts? Is it just for continuity? How many errors do you usually catch? That must be a tough thing in a sense making sure a King book is as free of errors as possible. I assume there is some pressure. And to be honest, when you've said you read his works before they were published, I thought that was a perquisite of the job.

I ask too about the frequency of errors because when I write (mostly as a hobby, but still) I find I am very full of discontinuity (I assume that is the correct term for the opposite, I know it also has a mathematical meaning). Always frustrating when it happens, I'm not sure why that happens to me so much. I'm assuming King must not have too much of that, but yet, in On Writing, I think his advice is to fix everything after and just go as fast as one can in first draft. I wonder too if colleagues like Richard Chizmar and Bev Vincent help out in this regard...
It's strictly for pleasure and to be able to answer fan questions although not an absolute necessity for the job as there are still some I haven't read. I don't do any official editing/copyediting as that's all in the purview of the publisher. As I said, if I do happen to notice one I'll bring it up but it's not my specific job to do so.
 

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It's strictly for pleasure and to be able to answer fan questions although not an absolute necessity for the job as there are still some I haven't read. I don't do any official editing/copyediting as that's all in the purview of the publisher. As I said, if I do happen to notice one I'll bring it up but it's not my specific job to do so.
Getting to read SK stories before us mere plebes is a pretty good bonus though, eh? :)