Some of you may have seen this image bouncing around Facebook and Twitter, but I thought it was worth another chuckle.

I think I saw some of those z-z-z-z-z’s in the copy edit mark-up of THE CAGED GRAVES!  Well, actually, it was a politely worded note in the margin: Is there a reason we need to know this? But same thing, right?

My editor also needed a symbol like this:

That means: “Where’d this furniture come from?”  Apparently, I’m not very good at keeping track of furniture. A dresser becomes a dressing table and then turns into a writing desk.  A stool becomes a chair and then switches back.

What editing symbol needs to be invented for YOUR manuscript?