I got my first job in publishing in October 1974, which means I have been in the business now for 35 years. For the first 20 years, I was a copy editor, an executive editor, a managing editor, an editor-in-chief. For the past 15 years, I’ve dealt with editors from the other side of the desk.
As an editor, I had knock-down screaming matches with writers. As a writer I’ve done my share of arguing, pleading, complaining, and rewriting.
So today’s Pearls Before Swine comic is perfect:
4 thoughts on “As an editor, I approve this comic”
And as someone named Ed, whenever you do an edit to an article we always have to wander if Ed means Ed, Editor, or both. 😛
Yeah, Ed, I think I narrowly missed a few good whacks over on Sunset Boulevard. Never came any closer, that’s fer sure.
Everybody needs a good editor and the surprisingly large number of editors involved in a book can be invaluable. I’ve worked with some great editors (and two gawd-awful ones). That said, I’ve been frustrated at times by ‘standards’ and preferences that result in me wondering, “who wrote this?” about my own text. And I hate having to ask, in effect, ‘may I say it the way I want to say it, please.’
Doing some writing in the past, I’ve been lucky to have really good editors. But, I’ve seen some bad ones too. This comic is classic! Thanks.
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