Quote Originally Posted by HapiSofi View Post
One of the signs of a good copy editor is that they can distinguish between errors and bad usage, on the one hand; and on the other, quirks of language that are characteristic of the book.
Not surprisingly, copy editors vary widely in ability. The good ones are underappreciated.

When my first, long-ago book (mystery/thriller, lot of colorful characters) was copy edited, the copy editor seemed determined to do everything in her power to alter my style and destroy the tone of the book. I even thought of investing in a STET stamp.

By my second book, I was more prepared, ready for battle. The new copy editor was so good she not only caught all the errors, she improved the writing considerably--and mostly included explanations of why she thought something should be changed. It was almost like a line edit. I ended up writing her a letter of appreciation.