Self-important Copy Editor

As a copy editor and writer since 1970, and creator of The California Style Book, I can tell you that many writers don’t even worry about proper usage or spelling, so there is no loving “collaboration” to be enjoyed at any point. They think they can just hand you their mess, and you’re expected to magically clean it up. Although in my case, I wrote the much improved rules, and they must follow them, or else. Writers are the troops and the editor is the commander. Even the editor-in-chief answers to me in this area, since his copy is usually pretty d**n goofed up as well. Sloppy copy? Not on my watch!