Welcome, A to Z bloggers, visitors, and of course all my faithful regular readers! This year's theme for my A to Z:
Short & Sweet Reasons Why You Need an Editor
So without further ado . . .
“Polite” is something most editors strive for, even while telling hard truths. We actively seek out kind ways to tell people, “Your book isn’t good . . . yet.”
We know that our job often entails the telling of bad news in a good way. It’s still bad news, but it should never make you feel bad. Part of what drives us to be honest even when it’s difficult is this simple explanation: you’re not the only one who wants your book to be great. So do we! And we’ll do our best to get you there, one edit at a time.
Many authors have no idea how much angst goes into a typical editing evaluation, and how stomach-churning it can be to write a summary letter that may not be received well. It’s a far cry from the “tough editor just telling it the way it is” image, isn’t it? Try more of a nail-biting, chocolate-bingeing, anxiety-ridden waiting period, where we wait and wonder if we were too harsh, if we got our point across, if the author will understand why it will cost x amount, or if we’ll never hear from them again.
We really do try our best to be kind, so always assume good intentions.