Fiza Pathan interviewed Editor Susan Hughes, and one of her questions was: “What is the editor’s relationship to the writer?. Susan Hughes explained:
“It’s very important for the editor and the writer to become a team in order for the edit to be successful.As an editor, however, I accept the fact that I’m not the captain of the team. I’m not the one who wrote the words or spent hours enveloped in the creative process. The editor begins with a secondary role and then works to build that trust with the writer that will eventually level the playing field a bit.” Read the whole interview here.
Hi Susan, can you describe for us what an “ideal” editor does?
An ideal editor is one who forms a bond and a level of trust with the writer, enabling the writer to have the confidence to hand over his/her precious words—to an absolute stranger! That trust is built through prompt, friendly communication. Writers have lots of questions about editing, and an ideal editor will be there daily to answer those questions, even before the edit begins. Then comes the edit itself, and if the bond has been formed, it will be a positive, rewarding, and successful experience for both writer and editor and will hopefully lead to a long working relationship and friendship between the two parties.
What constitutes a successful edit?
Great question! I feel an edit is a success if the writer is satisfied with the end product. The icing on the cake, however…
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