Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Does the World Really Still Need Editors?

As a writer, I have a love-hate relationship with editors as a group. I love it when they accept my work for publication, and I hate it when they don’t.

 At times, I’ve though about self-publishing—particularly when it seems that all the editors in the world ignore the wonderfulness and specialness of my (many) unpublished manuscripts. In this era of spell-check and grammar-check, self-published best-sellers, and six-figure, multi-book deals for novice writers, is an editor really necessary?

Um, well, yes.

Working with the editorial staff of Calkins Creek (Carolyn Yoder) and others at Boyds Mills Press on my most recent book, Hope and Tears: Ellis Island Voices, has given me renewed respect and appreciation for what editors do.

They saved me from so many OOPS moments that I’m thinking Governor Rick Perry should have hired them to advise on his ill-fated presidential campaign.

This post is the first in a series exploring the role of editors.

I’ll share my own experiences with Hope and Tears. I’m also hoping you’ll send me other reasons why the world just might need editors—anything from egregious typos you’ve seen to personal experiences you’ve had receiving (and absorbing) editorial advice.

So, the doors are wide open for your suggestions. And look here for future posts that will try to answer the question, Does the world still need editors?

1 comment:

  1. I've worked with two different editors, who each had her own unique style and manner of editing. Both have made a tremendous difference in the final product - I'm proud of my books because of their thoughtful work and guidance. Thanks for bringing up a very important issue in this age of digital and self-publishing.