How to Make Your Editor Happy: Part 2

imagesWe did Part 1 of How to Make Your Editor Happy a couple weeks ago, but in case you are still wondering how to work well with your editor, here are a few more tips.

Don’t take the editing personally: Editors are just doing their jobs, so don’t take their corrections personally. Editors are paid to enhance your writing, so it is normal to see the manuscript filled with Track Changes, suggestions and comments. These are not judgments and are not intended to make you feel bad. The changes are solely to make your writing even better.

Ask questions: Ask questions if you don’t understand why your editor changed certain parts of your book or if you aren’t sure what he/she means by the suggestions. Editors want to make your book the best it can be, so if they made changes or suggestions, there are good reasons behind them. Most editors would prefer explaining their changes and suggestions to the writer instead of having the writer reject them without fully understanding them.

Write a testimonial: If you enjoyed working with your editor write a testimonial. Writing a testimonial is a great way to support your editor, just as your editor has supported you. Hopefully, your editor will help promote your writing, and you can return the favor by promoting their services with a thoughtful testimonial.

Although these tips are about how to make your editor happy, they will also help you as a writer. If you work well with your editor, not only will the process be improved, but the end result will be better as well.

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