on Writers in the Storm Blog:
Have you seen the new products on the market to replace live editors with an automated intelligence? I see authors spending a lot of money on these services, while being excited that they can now save the money they used to spend on editors.
I see editors moving to other careers or accepting impoverishing fees just trying to stay marketable.
Pick up a newspaper and you’ll see that more and more publications are using automation instead of live, intuitive, experienced editors.
A friend recently asked me to help decipher a recipe that was in a published, highly rated cookbook. It included such ingredients as “tortured cream” (whipped cream) and “evening meal exercises” (dinner rolls).
Aside from the above silliness, here are my top 5 reasons why I was horrified to learn some publishers are switching to automation for editing their clients’ books: