Cooperation Makes It Happen
Working with an editor the first time can be frightening. You may not know what to expect. It is possible you might even riddle yourself with questions.
- How do I know if he/she is legit?
- Did I hire the right person?
- Can I trust him/her with my work?
Then there are the “What If’s.”
- What if he/she hates my work?
- What if he/she tears it apart?
- What if he/she doesn’t meet the deadline?
- What if him/her and I are not on the same page?
Without taking the right steps, a writer-editor relationship can go from good to bad, to outright ugly.
Building A Healthy Writer-Editor Relationship
Here are 5 tips to help you build a healthy writer-editor relationship.
- Communicate: Talk to your editor, because without it there is only going to be misunderstandings and hurt feelings. Do not close up, be open and express your vision for your work. Be sure to allow time for constructive thoughts, responses, and cordial conversation.
- Be Prepared for Rewrites and Revisions: A common misconception writers have for editors is that they are to be your auto-correct and the ones to fill the gaps in your story. Wrong-o. When you submit your work, the idea is to have it print ready. Never submit the first draft!
- Ask Questions: When you are up against a deadline, the last thing you are probably going to want to do is to waste someone’s time. Yet, sometimes asking questions can save time and keeps everyone on the same page.
- Be Prompt: If you make a deadline, stick to it. Do as you promise, and deliver results.
- Show Some Gratitude: Editing is hard work. Several hours are necessary to make a story stand out, a poem fluid, and an article printable. So make sure your editor knows his or her work is appreciated.
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