Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Where have I been? What have I been doing? Working!

Some of you may know that I run a professional editorial and writing business Margaret Langstaff Editorial.

Well, lately I’ve been swamped with book and poetry manuscripts to copy edit, been acting as a writing coach and turning out ghostwriting projects (books from scratch). Can’t complain; it helps pay the bills and I truly enjoy working with writers. They are my kind of people! But in the past several weeks my schedule has been tight what with getting all those mss. shining bright and ready for publication, and other activities, like blogging, have taken the back seat, pushed  aside for the time being.

between you and me   The title of this blog, as a matter of fact, has been borrowed from a book by Mary Norris, long time copy editor at the New Yorker. If you think this is a dull profession–and even if you don’t–I encourage you to pick up a copy of her witty, erudite chronicles of her years there editing all the big names that wend their way through the magazine. Yes, there are actually many laugh out loud moments when she has to deal with the ticklish sometimes prickly egos of those writers, and much behind the scenes New Yorker lore. Who would have thought a book on copy editing could be a gas? It is!

So for the time being I’m going to have to beg your patience as the editing and writing projects keep trickling in. It won’t always be this way for there is an ebb and flow to this work.

But while we’re on the subject, if you’ve got an editing or writing gig to assign be sure to think of me. Check out my website (see above, there’s a contact form on the website). It gives a complete overview of my services and charges– and the marvelous testimonials I’ve received from my previous clients say it all:)

About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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12 Responses to Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

  1. lahowlett says:

    Her article in The New Yorker was terrific. 🙂

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  2. Glynis Jolly says:

    I’m still on my 1st draft but I’ll keep you in mind.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. bowmanauthor says:

    Tell me about it!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. D.G.Kaye says:

    Thanks for sharing this Margaret, I’m off to check it out! And nice to see you drop by and let us know what you’re up to. I’ve noticed your absence. 🙂 Good luck. I certainly know what swamped feels like, for I’m weeks behind in reading my favourite blogs. 🙂


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