This post on Behler Blog today is so spot-on that I wanted to share it with you. Although the example is based on releasing your manuscript to a publisher and working with the publisher’s editor(s), this applies to self-published authors as well. Trust and communication is vital for both author and editor. You both have a common goal: make the best possible product for potential readers. Yes, readers. This is one big reason why we make books, yes? Anyway. I’m interested in your thoughts.
I think it’s all about trust and respect between the editor and author. If the author trusts that the editor has their best interest at heart, and that any edits made are not personal, an author can trust that the book will turn out for the best. Dialogue is important, too. If you can’t sit down and have a rational conversation about the edits proposed by the editor, then there is no reason for the relationship.
Definitely, RJ, it’s about trust, respect, and communication. I recognize that authors are trusting me with their work, their passion. I work hard to treat it accordingly and encourage questions about anything I suggest.
I’ve heard nightmarish stories about bad relationships between authors and their editors. I’m so happy that mine was different. I had a fantastic experience with my 4RV Publishing editor. There were times when she’d think of something that would work and when she got that edit back from me, I had already done just that. Even when we disagreed, as long as I defended why I wanted something there, between us we found a way to make it work.
I’m hoping that when my second book is ready for submission that a) 4RV accepts it and b) I get the same editor again.
I had a great experience with my 4RV editing, too, Melanie. We became a team, making the story better. I held out on a few things that I felt were important, but as long as we understood each other, it was fine. It’s a great process. Even for writers who never intend to pursue a publisher, I’d recommend working with a professional editor at least once for the learning experience.
Trust, trust and more trust! Which is why I imagine being edited by someone you haven’t /chosen/ must be a scary, and potentially traumatic experience.
I was lucky and chose my editor based on /her/ writing – both novels and blog posts. The experience was wonderful because I did trust her.
Want to know who my editor was? Ms Laurie Boris. 🙂
(*blushes*) Thank you! 😀