It’s Your Hair

In my day job this week, I’ve been explaining editorial style to a very conscientious client. When she apologized for asking “tedious questions,” I told her to consider a copy editor as a hair stylist. Both have ideas about how the finished product should look, but neither has to walk around with the results on her head! My name’s not on the book; if someone insists on capitalizing “The” before the name of a university, I can explain why it’s not necessary, but I don’t really care in the long run. I want my clients to look good, and I use my experience to help their writing look its best, but the finished product reflects their work, not mine. (Ideally.)