You had me at: “Working with a good editor feels good.”
#1 is a killer. This person masks their sadistic self importance in “But it’s for your own good,” as if it’s like hiding an aspirin in honey. NO, it is nothing at all like that. It burns all the way down. Thank you Chazz. Someone had to say it. 🙂
I’ve worked with several editors over the years. Mostly, the experience has been good. If you work with enough people though, you get a horror story. The bad editors have one thing in common: they think it’s about them and they bleed self-importance. (Beware: at the editing stage, it’s not generally about the author, either. It’s about the reader.)
Bad editors are:
1. Belittling, condescending and even angry.
Let’s face it, for some people, editing is a power thing. They love to tell people what to do and where they are wrong because it feels great to be right. Editors like this don’t have a lot of authors who return to the whipping room for another go, however. Life’s too short. If you’re looking for a fight, there are better ways to use that energy.
One person tried to be abusive with me once and their lure was a very low fee. “Wow!…
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