Rant About Writer and Editor

This goes both ways, finding a good writer and editor are like trying to nail Jello to a tree. You’re going to have writers that believe their work is the next J.R.R Tolkien or J.K Rowling. Then, you’re going to have editors that believe they can turn your work to gold of you take their advice. Okay, here’s my experience with editors, they know they have more experience and knowledge of writing. My experience with writers as an editor, they know they are more creative. Now that we’ve laid that out what to expect when working together.

I know for sure that if I need an editor I don’t expect the sugar coated, over exaggerated, and pleasing critique of “oh this is fantastic. You are professional and your words speak to me ” If I hire you as an editor, you better turn that paper into a mess of red, blue, green, or yellow scribbles. That’s what I expect. I hear enough praise from my mother  and father just because I actually wrote a book.

On the editors side, if you hire me to help you, listen to my critique. Lower cases at the beginning of the sentence, jumping from past to present tense, and losing me before chapter one even begins, is unacceptable. I will tell you what to fix and turn your manuscript into a maze of rainbows. I do this to help you and teach you. If you decide to whine and not take my suggestions into consideration, don’t be surprised and blame me for your low sales.

Now that I’ve made that clear, writers and editors work together to create a story. We both try to bring life to the story so or readers don’t struggle and work to hard to understand what the story is about. Please hire trust editors. Don’t tell your mom to look at it and fix the simple errors and then publish. Have a professional look at it because family and friends sugar coat everything.

Editors remember to not get frustrated by a writers lack of knowledge when it comes to grammar. That’s why they need you. Both have to be on the same page for the success of a novel.

16 thoughts on “Rant About Writer and Editor

    • I know my first was through work. That one was a mistake. I had a connection in Kentucky who introduced me to two editors but I felt like time.was wasted working with them. Now, I’m working with my aunt who wrote for a fashion magazine and does tutoring. I mean, you really just have to network and find connections especially if you’re on a budget. Takes just time and effort to find the right one.

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  1. Thank you! From copywriting, I learned how frustrating it can be for editors. I routinely edit for an academic journal, but that’s not as bad as what marketing content editors have to go through. I learned, as a writer, to not be so sensitive and realize that if this is the format ordered, you’ve got to follow directions. And it’s all for a reason. So when I was told my sentences were garbled, awkward, and not suitable for a technical writing job, I thought, “Okay, she’s not saying you’re stupid. She’s saying you need to adapt to a new style.”

    I do write reviews for self-published authors. I’ve encountered several of the overconfident, and when I supply my review, I’ve had several go, “Wow, I didn’t expect it to be this thorough!” Well, yes. I don’t market myself to write single paragraphs of how good this was. You probably already have several emails like that from relatives who have your book by default.

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    • Lol yeah. Most of my relatives tell me the positive. My close friends do to and it is so annoying sometimes. I like editors that make me look like an idiot cause I know they are trying to help me.
      I’ve read for self published books and I’ll tell you what, self confidence was the weakness for all the authors. Like I honestly wanted to shove pencils in my eyes cause it was so painful to read.

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      • In my limited experience, it was an overconfidence and an expectation that things would sell unfailingly on Amazon or Gum Road. I thought about taking the self-publishing route, but I’m still uneasy. I still continue to submit my short stories to literary journals, just to try to acquire some traditional publication credits…

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      • So Horizon was self-published?

        Traditionally publishing taught me that cover letters are necessary, although sometimes a bit annoying. Also, really, to never give up.

        The kindest thing I’ve gotten so far in terms of rejections was a personalized letter asking me to send them something else. The story wasn’t their thing, though comments on writing style were encouraging.

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      • Yeah, it’s self published. I’m not the type that likes deadlines. I have my own goals but to be told to have something together by a certain date. I’m not a fan of that. If I was to traditionally publish, it would be a novel that didn’t lead into a trilogy or series.

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      • Same here, in regards to novels. For a lot of the short stories, I admit to catering to the journal’s upcoming theme, and of course, the deadline. As my friend suggested, soulless describes the process of submitting after you go through it so many times.

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