I espouse making routine copy editing changes silently; that is, without tracking them in Word. From editors, I hear a few common concerns about this:
- What if the client wants to see every little change?
- What if the edits introduced errors?
- What if we really want the client to know that we did all that work? Will invisible changes go and unacknowledged, and, in the end, unappreciated?
The idea of making changes silently came to me from Carol Fisher-Saller, one of the more prominent editors at University of Chicago press. I’m in good company on this point, and her post explains it well. But then again, she does call herself The Subversive Editor.