Longtime author, editor, and publisher, Mark Gilroy, shares three simple secrets to help writers work most effectively with editors. Simple enough for novice authors - with some insights that will help the most experienced of writers.
“If I do this will my publisher and editor
finally understand and always comply
with how I want things done?”
The publishing process is filled with
redundancies. By design. The extra
sets of eyes and hands on a
manuscript improve consistency,
correctness, and clarity.
A GOOD EDITOR CAN SAVE
YOU FROM AN IDEA OR
APPROACH IN YOUR
WRITING THAT MAKES
SENSE TO NO ONE ELSE
A style sheet isn’t just for your
editor. It is a great reference tool
to help you as you write.
Many publishers have a “house” Style
ASK FOR A COPY
This gives your editor time to focus on
improving quality, not just fixing
RESPECT YOUR NEED FOR
This doesn’t mean you have to
agree with every mark and
correction. But if your way is better
every time, it might be a warning
sign that you are difficult – not that
the editor is bad!
Believe in your writing. Protect your
voice and style.
But respect your editor – and your
reader too. Readers will lose
respect for your writing (even if it
has flashes of brilliance) if it is not