Friday, April 27th, 2012
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Your Copy Editor Hates Your Book Adapted from Your Twitter

"I am currently copyediting my second Twitter-to-book manuscript in a month. It is a trend I find [Darth Vader voice] disturbing…. The one I’m wrestling with now is incredibly whatever-the-real-opposite-of-clever-is. I won’t give the Twitter feed's name here, since I don’t want to be an über-douche about it, but seriously, it’s not good…. Some guy who works in television as a writer on a popular sitcom keeps a Twitter feed where he and a few friends enjoy retweeting others’ posts that are at once self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating, in which it’s obvious that the main thrust is the self-aggrandizing part and therefore the tweeters are shown to be kind of d-bags…. Any 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' fans out there? It’s kind of like that, but it’s just one guy talking back to Twitter, in book form. And not funny. Like, hardly ever."
Rough day at the copy desk. (via)

22 Comments / Post A Comment

Lena Dunham knows what MST3K is?

@My Number Is My Address
I kid, I kid. Runners-up include: "Man, Lena Dunham can't catch a break this week" and "I'd hardly call Community 'popular.'"

yohansen5b (#232,128)

My guess for the twitter-feed-turned-book in question is Humblebrag.

joeks (#5,805)

@yohansen5b Yep, that description was too specific for it to be anything else.

Matt (#26)

"It is a trend I find [Darth Vader voice] disturbing…."

Oh my God I hate every copy desk ever. As an aside would anyone like to hire me to a copy desk in New York City?

C_Webb (#855)

@Matt If he worked for The New Yorker would describe it as "unnerving." They're unnerved all the damn time over there lately.

Appropriately enough, that copyeditor's entire blog post is a bit of a humblebrag.

Screen Name (#2,416)

"I am currently copyediting my second Twitter-to-book manuscript in a month." #Humblebrag

Miles Klee (#3,657)

@Humblebrag Hey FYI I coined the term "Humblebag" #BragBrag

Matt (#26)

And it's a good thing you did. The bags were getting so uppity.

hockeymom (#143)

Guesses in order:

Modern Family
The Office
How I Met Your Mother
Community

@hockeymom It's Parks and Rec.

Pop Socket (#187)

Why does this scream 'Dan Harmon'?

C_Webb (#855)

Shouldn't a copy editor know what "the real (?) opposite of clever" is? (confusion mine)

City_Dater (#2,500)

@C_Webb

Anyone who is copy editing his second "Twitter-to-book manuscript in a month" has probably blown so many brain cells on drinking at lunch he barely has the will to summon a word from his wrecked memory, or even look at a thesaurus.

BadUncle (#153)

Are these "books" those little novelty things like weiner-dog portrait collections, sold next to the Toblerone at the B&N check-out?

NinetyNine (#98)

Copy editing jobs still exist? Good for them!

@NinetyNine This seems like a good way to open up a copy editing job for another person!

Van Buren Boy (#1,233)

"I won’t give the Twitter feed's name here, since I don’t want to be an über-douche about it"

For privacy's sake let's call her "Lisa S." No, that's too obvious. Let's say "L. Simpson"

Smitros (#5,315)

That mug. Do want.

How specifically vague and douchey of him to post (and subsequently take down and apologize for).

SkinnyNerd (#224,784)

since I don’t want to be an über-douche about it

Unnecessary use of diaeresis. Oh wait, umlaut, you may proceed.

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