“A good editor – in my opinion – is both a safety net and a coach. We are an enthusiastic partner in your project, sharing your creative delight and helping you hone your manuscript… We are there to make you shine as brightly as possible.”
A fantastic interview with the lovely Dion Winton-Polak over on Wordsmith Wizard today, giving the editorial profession some love!
He also touches on one of the hard parts of editing – “To the public, we are silent, invisible, but that doesn’t mean we lack value.”
It’s something I’ve been musing over: how do you prove you’re a good editor? I’d never encourage a writer to share their “before” drafts, so all that anyone ever sees is the polished version – and you can’t see the work that’s done to edit, to tweak, to rewrite, to polish. How do I prove that I have added value to something when I don’t want to put my writers down – because it’s definitely not fair to anyone to say “well, this was terrible”!
It’s also one of those things I keep pondering when I see an excellent manuscript come in from an already-professional writer; what could I even do to this as an editor? How do I up my game to make writers better when they’re already very good?
Anyhow. It’s an excellent interview and worth a read if you’re wondering about editing as a profession, hiring an editor, or just wondering what the heck Dion does!