Reblog: Why editors matter more than ever


Hallelujah! Here is much needed truth, from a respected professional.

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By Caitlin Kelly

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Although you might not assume so, this post has been multiply edited, if only by me — albeit a career journalist, writing teacher and writing coach. (Here’s my professional website, if of interest.)

The point of a real live human editor is to have someone smart do this to your copy as needed. 

Today, there’s a widely-shared myth that writing means you simply bang out a bunch of words as they occur to you, hit “send” or “publish” and you’re done!

That intense feeling of Ihavetosaythisrightnow? Not your best product, most likely. You might feel done — but your public and permanent offering might also be misspelled, ungrammatical, incorrect, dull or confusing.

At worst, all of these.

We all need editors!

When I teach writing, and blogging, I emphasize how essential it is to re-read, revise,  and repeat the process, many times. Some of my blog posts…

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  1. An unprofessional editor can be a gigantic pain in the patootie, but a good one is a life saver. Both my novels were edited by an author and editor with three decades of experience under belt. It showed.

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