by: Stephanie Burkhart
As a writer, I can honestly say there's no reason not to treat an editor with kindness and respect. There's several different types of editors, but everyone of them have the same goal: to make the author's novel or story shine.
Publishing a novel of any genre is a team effort and the editors involved are vital members of the publishing team.
When it comes to publishing a story, there are several (or should be) types of editors involved:
The Acquisitions Editor
Writers and agents submit their work to this editor. This editor finds new authors and promotes writers that will be profitable for the publishing company. This is the editor that tells the writer that the publishing company will offer them a contract. Ideally, this editor will have read the entire manuscript.
The Developmental Editor or Substantive Editor
This editor reads the manuscript and focuses on helping the writer improve the book. They look at plot, characterization, dialogue, order of scenes, word choice, setting, point of view, character voice, syntax, pacing, and sentence construction. Generally, a structural editor and author will go through several drafts/edits before producing a polished manuscript.
This editor reads the polished manuscript specifically looking for grammar, spelling, punctuation, checking facets, word choice, repetition, and consistency. An author may only have one or two drafts/edits with an author.
This is the last person to check the manuscript. Their job is to make sure the work is completely free of errors.
Have a good eye for detail.
Many authors think that editing involves only correcting spelling and grammar. There's much more to it.
Authors Behaving Badly:
Don't reply to an editor with irate comments about how they are "butchering" your baby. Be professional.
Don't reply to an editor with cuss words. That just shows you have no respect for the teamwork required and the hard work an editor does.
Question for you: As an author, what have your interactions with editors been like? Do you have any comments or feedback to share?
Author Bio: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She loves chocolate, adores coffee, and likes to walk. She's also the den leader for her son's cub scout den. Her 4RV releases include "The Giving Meadow," and "First Flag of New Hampshire."