We’ve all been through it and we’ll continue to go through it. Sometimes it’s not so bad, other times you’re ready to scream and pull your hair. If you’re lucky, you’ll work with an editor who knows what they’re doing and won’t attempt to destroy your voice and turn your book into a cookie-cutter romance. If you’re unlucky you’ll end up with someone who doesn’t know bad writing from good.
Recently I’ve been working with two different editors from two different companies. Both ladies have their own way of doing things and both are very thorough. I feel quite fortunate to have worked with them, as they’ve shown me that not all editors are evil. LOL Now, for the good and bad of it.
Good vs Bad:
A good editor will help fix your mistakes.
A bad editor doesn’t see the mistakes to start with.
A good editor makes suggestions.
A bad editor wants it changed no arguments.
A good editor will make you laugh at yourself.
A bad editor wouldn’t know a joke if it bit her in the butt.
A good editor knows that you are not perfect.
A bad editor expects perfection, so she won’t have to do her job.
A good editor will point out things, so you won’t make the same mistakes in the future.
A bad editor just wants your manuscript off her desk.
A good editor thinks you have something worth reading.
A bad editor never bothered to actually read your manuscript.
A good editor respects your voice.
A bad editor changes you into...her.
A good editor doesn’t allow her personal issues to affect her job.
A bad editor slips her pet peeves into your MS every chance she gets.
Now, if you have any other pointers, share them with us!