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Stella Whatnat



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PostSubject: Author-editor relationship   Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:01 pm

It should be a love relationship shouldn't it? What happens if it isn't?

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PostSubject: Re: Author-editor relationship   Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:32 am

It should be a professional relationship. The job of editors is to produce a polished manuscript to publishing standards. Light editing (spelling and grammar check) will not do this. An author may love the final, polished work but not the process of achieving that end.

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PostSubject: Re: Author-editor relationship   Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:10 am

Thank you, Shelagh. Very well put indeed...

What would u say when that relationship breaks down for reasons not connected with development of the book? Say for external reasons which somehow relate to the author and the editor as persons but whcih do not relate to them as professionals?

That makes their relationship unprofessional, would u say?

How would a sensible author/editor deal with such break down?
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PostSubject: Re: Author-editor relationship   Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:08 am

My publisher provides the editor and the entire process is strictly about the novel. The finished novel was improved considerably by her input though I did not agree with all the recommendations. Funny how I can't even remember the changes I did not like as bits during the process. They contributed to the best final product two minds could complete. Cutting from the text is painful to me since I agonize over every word. Again, when the novel is published, I don't miss the cut parts at all.

The message here: During the edit process it all seems so important, every single work; but the reality is that the final product sales is the real test of an editor. Mine has an A plus.
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PostSubject: Re: Author-editor relationship   Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:30 am

Stella Whatnat wrote:
Thank you, Shelagh. Very well put indeed...

What would u say when that relationship breaks down for reasons not connected with development of the book? Say for external reasons which somehow relate to the author and the editor as persons but whcih do not relate to them as professionals?

That makes their relationship unprofessional, would u say?

How would a sensible author/editor deal with such break down?

Do you mean the way that husband and wife and driving lessons don't mix?

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PostSubject: Re: Author-editor relationship   Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:50 am

Well more like two ppl who were once on friendly terms and now are not.

And this could potentially affect the publishing process (ie things taking longer to materialise than otherwise would have). It's also a matter of trust.



What would an experienced author do in such a case?
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PostSubject: Re: Author-editor relationship   Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:55 am

Find another editor. If you are not on friendly terms with your editor, it is unlikely that you will be receptive to following the editor's advice.

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PostSubject: Re: Author-editor relationship   Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:05 am

I agree with Shelagh. Either you trust/respect the editor or you don't. And if you don't you will second-guess whatever the outcome.
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PostSubject: Re: Author-editor relationship   Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:05 am

If the editor is a professional editor and you are a professional writer, you should be able to work together. But you both have to keep the personal element out of it. Don't review an editor's corrections and suggestions in light of unrelated differences. And the editor should do the same. That's why they invented the white flag.
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PostSubject: Re: Author-editor relationship   Fri May 25, 2012 10:17 pm

I've been very lucky with editors to date, nothing but love. Stet always beats a blue pencil were that to change. But for those with a rocky editorial relationship, self publishing a book or two without an editor will rekindle the flame quicker than Nepalm squirted on glowing embers.
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PostSubject: Re: Author-editor relationship   Wed May 30, 2012 2:47 am

An editor can often be terribly irritating - but that is just part of the deal. We are not required to like the person, just to get that book out there.
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PostSubject: Re: Author-editor relationship   Wed May 30, 2012 10:25 am

The editor for L&L Dreamspell was exceptional. She had just the right suggestions to make my voice even more mine with the extra touch and without the words that were not needed. At one time she had a side business as a "book doctor."
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PostSubject: Re: Author-editor relationship   Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:06 am

There should be respect, trust, love and very professional. Editor furnish writers scratch anyways eg: proper arrangement, grammatical, checking spelling if any finally fine tune to publish.
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