Sunday Times, June 14, 2020
A basic of subbing is that you make it clear who is speaking before you begin the quote. Here it looks as if the estate agent, Mr Lillicrap, is continuing to talk about sales, when in fact it has switched to Alex Polizzi. So when you get to the end of the par you are brought up short by the fact that it is a new speaker, and you go back to sort it out. The reader should never have to feel any confusion.
After the par about the estate agent, this is how it should be done.
Alex Polizzi, owner of the Hotel Tresanton which overlooks St Mawes harbour, hopes to re-open on July 4.
‘People come away to have a good time,’ she said. ‘I don’t want them to be met with pitchforks . . . new realities.
‘I appreciate all the concerns . . . open for business.’