Publishing experiences (9): who is your editor?

An English degree and a couple of books published do not in themselves make a good editor. Similarly authors who edit to make ends meet or who like travelling and need extra money to pay for air fares might not have a writer’s best interests at heart.
Experience in life is also important and anyone who does not try to approach a manuscript with an open mind will be less objective. It’s impossible to be completely objective but a narrow range of influences and contacts can easily result in a narrow perspective of life. If they’ve written a book I try check out their writing: content, grammar, style, vocabulary. If they’re on Twitter I read their tweets and try to guess whether they care more about social media than their work.
Then, when I’ve finished, I try to apply the same scrutiny to myself.


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