My editor emailed the copyedited version of my manuscript today. I've heard about the sea of red ink that comes with some of these, but thanks to some marvelous beta readers and critique partners, the manuscript held up pretty well. The one thing that I'm having trouble with is the copyeditor's issue with contractions. She says I use way too many of them. See, that's because I like contractions. That's how people talk. Unless youíre trying to emphasize a point, like, "I WILL NOT CHANGE A SINGLE ONE OF THESE CONTRACTIONS!" itís how most Americans tend to speak.
She also had problems with my use of 'got', 'get', 'like', and 'but'. And I apparently employ a lot of fragmented sentences, but good news, she think my tendency to use the passive voice works in this story.
Overall, I agree with her, and she makes me laugh with the humor of some comments. I just have issues with her anti-contraction outlook. I'm wondering what your views are on the use of contractions.