To COMMA OR NOT TO COMMA?

Last week I posted about commas because I get so many questions about them. There are hard and fast rules. Then there is the world of fiction writing, where sentence fragments, slang, and almost anything goes if it makes a readable and engaging story. In fiction writing, there is one rule: The publisher has the final say.

You certainly can make a case for the use/deletion of a comma when doing final edits, but is it worth the battle? That’s up to you. Unless an editor’s change messes up the meaning of my sentence, I let it go. Of course, I’ve been fortunate. I’ve had reasonable, efficient editors for all my books and publishers.

What about you? As writers, have you any editing horror stories to share? (But please, no names! Let the offenders remain anonymous.) Specifically, have any of you almost come to blows over a comma?

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