How’s it going? A couple posts back, I mentioned talking about something that gave me an interesting take on the craft of editing (and writing, too).
Let’s get to it.
I’ve never really thought of editors as mean or what-have-ya, but back when I started writing fiction and nonfiction, I thought of publishing as some strange mansion or something else I had trouble getting into (this is despite the fact that deep down, I knew it wasn’t true, and everyone way further along in their careers told me it wasn’t true).
Editors are people too, and all that jazz.
There are some parts of this I’m still trying to figure out, but some of it clicked into place for me when I became an editor myself.
If you’re ever frazzled during a fiction story, in the midst of rejection, or even during a prospect call or email or sales letter promo, take a deep breath, and say insideddddddd:
This editor (or prospect) is just trying to understand me and my work.
Editors and prospects need to understand what you’re doing, that’s all. Heck, they want to.
Not to say you don’t need skill–you do, definitely. My job as an editor is basically to be a skilled first reader–if we were to work together, I’ve never seen your story, style, logic, or what-have-ya before. I’m just not familiar with it. I don’t know what to expect.
With prospects who don’t know what you offer, it’s the same thing. They don’t know what you’re going to do, and you need to be as clear as possible about understanding what they’re going through, and how to solve that/help them move ahead in life.
And if an editor works for a magazine (this is for fiction or article writing, now), they have one other important thing to figure out–whether your work “fits” with the type of other stuff they put out, or if it will help/entertain their readers in a similar way, or in a way that those readers like.
Anyway, if you have any “editor” stories or what-have-ya on this, drop me a line in the comments.
Until next time,