Editors are angels

Editors are Angels

You may feel an editor is important before you send anything out.  They are terrific. No question. However, I blithely thought editors were those wonderous ethereal beings that sorted out the wood from the chaff and polished novels into shiny diamonds without having to lift a finger.

No, not true.

Yes, of course editors are amazing. Adroit, skilled, clever and everything else in that line. They will communicate with you. They will check you are happy before moving on, and, from what I understand, will offer a variety of suggestions. All very useful.

If you feel an editor would be helpful, then go for it.

Whether or not you are paying for their service directly, you should expect clear guidance and honesty. They should tell you how they can be of service, and help to tidy your work up, or be candid and tell you it’s not their bag. If that’s the case, you will simply need to find someone else.

If you want a ghost writer, that’s an entirely different story. I don’t know anything about ghost writers, but I guess they take the hard work out of writing.

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  • Mary Morgan

    I enjoyed this interview, Ladies! And I agree with this statement, Lynn: "Editors are Angels". My editor is fabulous in polishing my manuscript. All the best!

    • manager

      Hi Mary, thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my blog. I am so grateful to wonderful comments. I'll be sure to share them with Nan.

  • Laura Strickland

    Thank you Nan and Linda for this wonderful and enlightening interview! The relationship between an author and editor is a very special one. I have a particular favorite editor who has been so kind and patient with my work, she has become a friend. Thanks, Nan!

    • manager

      How lovely to hear this Laura. We are so lucky aren't we. Thanks for responding to my post.

  • Kim Janine Ligon

    Love the interview. Isn't that one of the nicest things about writing in The Garden--marvelous people to work with like your editor. Congrats to both if you!

    • manager

      Oh Kim, how wonderful to hear from you. I totally agree. The garden is the best.

  • Linda Griffin

    Nan is the best! And I will make sure my wheelchair-using character uses the elevator!

    • manager

      Oh Linda, how great to hear from you. I'm glad it was useful. There's another post to come shortly.

  • Terry Segan

    What a great interview with some wonderful insight for authors. Thanks for sharing!

    • manager

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts Terry. It's so heartening to know that I can get replies without SPAM.

  • Jan Sikes

    Great questions and answers. Thank you for sharing Nan's thoughts. Her suggestions are most helpful in creating a better-polished manuscript!

    • manager

      Thank you Jan for commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed it. There's one more to come. And thank goodness I can read a decent message without disgusting SPAM.

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