I Love This and You’re Very Smart BUT…

This is horrid and what you’ve done here is stupid.

Or something like that. Otherwise known as getting revisions back from your editor.

I love getting stuff from my editor. Really, I do. I can weather the crushing depression and the ego-killing “ummmm, duh” things she points out in the margins, because, really, what she’s saying is: I know you can do better, and your book is worth the effort. (OK, and maybe I’ve taken dramatic license with her very professional and diplomatic comments…)

When I accept a pageful of her changes, just the shuffling around of my own words, replacing a “that” with a “which” or such seemingly (oh, and culling my adverbs) minor things, the end result is SO MUCH BETTER.

And let me tell you, I live for the occasional comment bubble that highlights a sentence or phrase I’ve written and simply says “yes.”

I swear, the experience of having a good editor is nearly worth, in itself, all the effort of writing.

Oh, my editor takes freelance jobs too, in case you want in on the nirvana: Gabrielle Edits

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10 Responses to I Love This and You’re Very Smart BUT…

  1. – I want that coffee cup . . . or one that says, “Why do you think that?”

  2. Darke Conteur says:

    A good editor is worth their weight in gold. You are very lucky. 🙂

  3. LOL! I love that. I’ve been dying for a t-shirt that says “Your Stupid”

  4. Joe says:

    I totally agree–a good editor helps make a good book great.
    Joe recently posted..Hooray for Copyeditors!My Profile

  5. Editing is where it’s at. Such a hard job to do well, so needed in so much fiction, mags and websites.

    I’ve always wanted a coffee mug that says, “Well, what did you THINK was going to happen?”

    j. //
    Jason McIntyre recently posted..In The Dark – Whats In A NameMy Profile

  6. Stuart Nager says:

    Thank you for posting the link to her blog. Already got some useful things out of it.

  7. Enlightening! You’re very lucky with such an editor, 🙂
    My laptop had a block, I went out and posted something on my own blog. When I restarted this one and visited your page, I find it full of comments. Again, I have to repeat, you’re lucky to have such good friends, 🙂

  8. Stuart, I’m glad you got something out of it.

    For some reason my account never notified me of comments to this post today. So here I’ve been thinking it was a dud. 😉 I knew I couldn’t be the only one to realize the beautiful synergy that is finding the right editor.
    Leah Petersen recently posted..Shall We BrainstormMy Profile

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