Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

Editors Are People, Too ~ Really :-)


I’ve talked about editors before in the posts, Should Writers Fear Editors? and Does Every Writer Need An Editor?.

I had one for my novel that came out last May and I’ll have two for it’s sequel

If you look at the etymology of editor, you’ll find one of those slippery spots on the path of language:

“1640s, ‘publisher’, from L. editor ‘one who puts forth’…”

Without delving into the depths of publishing history, I assume that many years ago “publisher” and “editor” were pretty much one person.

Can “writer” and “editor” be one person, too?

I don’t mean that rare individual who can successfully write then edit their own work.

I suppose there could be people who are writer/editor/cover designer/publicist/marketer but I mean a writer who also edits for other writers.

Publetariat recently featured a post from Cheri Lasota called Working with an Editor: Got My Edits Back. Now What?.

Cheri is a writer who edits other writers’ work and gives her own work to another editor.

To encourage you to read the post, here are her topic headings:

Give your­self some peace and quiet.
Don’t scan or skip.
Sit on the manuscript.
Mull over your options.
Make a copy.
Turn your Track Changes ON!
Choose your direction.
Don’t just make changes. Learn!
Incorporate only what you feel will serve your story.
Overhauling? Then get out of your MS.
Take another vacation.

Do read Cheri’s full post :-)

Have any of your own tips about how to incorporate an editor’s guidance into your writing?

How about warnings for writers who feel the editor always knows best?

Or, your experiences with not following an editor’s cues and regretting it?
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6 responses to “Editors Are People, Too ~ Really :-)

  1. laurastanfill May 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I love her point about not skipping ahead, as a writer who has indulged in that and as an editor who marks plenty of positive comments. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai May 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Yes, Laura, skipping ahead can dilute the learning experience

      And, thank you for sharing :-)

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  2. Barbara Blackcinder May 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Wow, another great link Alex. Someday I’ll find an editor and will look back at Cheri’s great tips. :-)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai May 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Glad you found the post helpful, Barbara :-)

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  3. martinaseveckepohlen May 23, 2012 at 2:29 am

    I love that link. Cheri points to two important problems: lack of distance to the manuscript and lack of trust in one’s gut feeling. The first leads to what we call “Betriebsblindheit” in German, not being able to see the shortcomings of a process or a product because of your involvement. I always recommend to put the manuscript away for at least a week, more if possible. The second is something one has to learn or maybe to regain from childhood.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai May 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Always good to have your comments here, Martina.

      The two relationships to the manuscript are also “opposites”—not seeing shortcomings is trust in yourself (though, inappropriate) and a gut-trust is an inverse of the blind improper trust…

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