This applies to your beta readers, book designer, publisher, agent or whoever you work with. Yet, I focus on the editor because this is a very important aspect of your writer’s life, especially if you mean to make a career out of your passion.
Finding a skilled editor who will have your manuscript’s best interest in mind and won’t hesitate to tear what needs to be torn down, will be a life changer for you. I had experience with a first editor I trusted blind without thinking twice. It put my credibility as an author at risk after the first title I had published independently. I was lucky to find another one who since then challenges me as a writer and make me better.
Your manuscript should go through hell and back before publishing, so be grateful when your editor invests themselves into what you do. They should seek to improve and fine-tune your work, while honoring what you seek to say.
None of us like to see our labor of love turned into pieces or with tons of things to change. Yet, be grateful when it is done before the word is officially out in the world. So be grateful for your editor once you have found them and love their advice!
What about you?
- Do you have an editor you commonly work with?
- If not, what are you looking for in an editor?
- How do you approach your editor’s suggestions and corrections?