I agree with every word of this post, which is probably why I have such a good relationship with the authors for whom I edit. Well, one has to blow one’s own trumpet from time to time!
I’ve worked with several editors over the years. Mostly, the experience has been good. If you work with enough people though, you get a horror story. The bad editors have one thing in common: they think it’s about them and they bleed self-importance. (Beware: at the editing stage, it’s not generally about the author, either. It’s about the reader.)
Bad editors are:
1. Belittling, condescending and even angry.
Let’s face it, for some people, editing is a power thing. They love to tell people what to do and where they are wrong because it feels great to be right. Editors like this don’t have a lot of authors who return to the whipping room for another go, however. Life’s too short. If you’re looking for a fight, there are better ways to use that energy.
One person tried to be abusive with me once and their lure was a very low fee. “Wow!…
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