Writers VS Editors ? I Think Not!
Authors may feel the relationship between themselves and their editors are contentious times. I’ve had only great experiences so far.
For me, the time I spend with my editors is invigorating. We share our concerns about my work: word choices, punctuation errors, pacing on the page as well as whether a sentence or paragraph progresses the story. We discuss my ‘why’ verses their ‘concern’. Often I concede that what I meant and what I wrote are not in harmony. Then we work through the section, make adjustments to help the reader understand my meaning, and move on.
In the process we often become professional acquaintances who know and respect each other. Often, we become friends who share life experiences, send birthday cards, and stay in touch. It’s a win-win during a working time that could be stressful.
I see my editors are mentors; people who care about me, my writing and my success. I learn from their wisdom, make needed changes and still stand up for images or language I want/need kept intact. Also, it’s understood that any and all mistakes that linger after they assist me, are my own. (Wish I could blame someone else, but, as they say, the buck stops here!)