Editors – A Writer’s Superhero or Archenemy

When you read the Acknowledgement section in a book, you always see a big, heartfelt note to the author’s editor. “This book wouldn’t have been possible without the patience and help of my dear editor…” However, have you ever received comments back from your editor and thought that he bled all over your writing because there is so much red ink? Sometimes don’t you feel a little offended that she questioned your work or made a comment like “Consider making this section more engaging by…”

Who’s the writer?!

Ok, take a deep breath and let’s look at this objectively instead of emotionally. Yes, you have worked hard on writing the course or manual. You take pride in your work, but you are a writer not an editor. The editor is not there to change every word you write or to question every paragraph. He is there to make your writing better, make valuable suggestions for improvement, and to protect the company’s reputation for quality.

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