When it comes to correcting mistakes in writing, author Joshilyn Jackson thinks grammar police are difficult to deal with. Still, she acknowledges that many writers, herself included, would be lost without them as copy editors.
The process of copy editing and proofreading has undergone a dramatic shift with the advent of the computer. There were once discrete stages in which specific people looked at different drafts of a novel, and changes were made incrementally.
“Back when it was done on paper, the copy editor’s changes would be made in colored pencils.” Jackson said.