Pam Harris is an editor for Mantle Rock Publishing. A self-proclaimed grammar Nazi, her love of English goes all the way back to elementary school, when she became fascinated with words and the magic they produced on the written page. As an English major, she was required to take a foreign language, and it wasn’t long until her passion for foreign languages overtook her interest in English, and she finished a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Tennessee, with a major in Spanish and minor in French.
Today she holds a teaching license in Spanish, French, and English, but her current teaching assignments are French and theatre arts. She spends her evenings reading, writing, and editing for Mantle Rock. “I love editing,” she says. “The books that Kathy sends my way are so good, it’s not like work. I mean, when you love to read, what could be better?”
Physical fitness is a top priority for her, so she squeezes in time for regular walks and other exercise, especially since writing and editing are sedentary. “It clears my brain to exercise,” she explains. “I find that I work better after a long walk, especially after having been in the classroom all day.”
She wants writers to understand she doesn’t view herself as being perfect with English grammar, but she does seek perfection and appreciates others’ input on grammar issues. Mantle Rock uses Chicago Manual of Style, and she references it whenever she has a question. Rules change over time, and it is important for writers to keep current.
Her final thoughts about editing? “Grammar is important, but what is truly important is the story. Grammar can be fixed by an editor, and most readers won’t notice your mistakes. I joke about being a grammar Nazi, but I had much rather read a really good book with a few grammar mistakes than a mundane book that is grammatically perfect!”
You can contact Pam via email: Pam@mantlerockpublishingllc.com.