I know it’s a good thing to put a manuscript into a drawer and let it gather silverfish for a while before you look at it again but it can be pretty embarrassing too. A couple of years ago, I finished a Masters thesis and the most useful comment I had back was that I consistently over-used colons. I think the comment was less kind than that but it sure served its purpose. I have been a Colon Police Officer ever since.
So I was red-faced and ashamed to see the amount of those damn half-emoticons embedded into this pulled-out manuscript.
Sometimes, there were three or four in one paragraph. OMG. And I’ve sent this ms to two publishers. Quote from Sting- ‘I hung my
I’m in the process of getting rid of them.