Every day, I grow in my business and my life. I think back to my first foray into the editorial world, my high school internship in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. At the time, I didn’t know anything about the world of editing or publishing.
I recall sitting down with my very first editor. I hired her to edit Taking 1960, the mystery novel that would eventually be published by Oaklight. We were in the office of the now defunct Bucks County Writer and she had a notebook in her lap. She asked me a number of questions pertaining to my goals regarding the manuscript and what particular points I wanted her to consider as she edited the book. I was fairly dumbfounded and had no idea what to say.
“Um, just edit it?”
To this day, every time I embark on a new project, I think back to how small and confused I felt sitting across from her. I admired her and wanted to be just like her—Super Editor Woman to the Rescue. When I am approached by a new client, even today, I think to myself, “What would she do?”
If you’re reading this, Super Editor Woman, I hope you know what an inspiration you were.
There are so many things to consider when you’re taking on a new job. You want to deliver a great result, but you don’t want to offend. For example, I know a poet who is extremely against the insertion of punctuation into any of her writing. When her first poem was published, she noticed that an editor had inserted a period and a comma to make the piece more readable. She was absolutely furious.
We could nit-pick all day about the definitions of style, voice, and what it means to one writer in contrast to another, but what it comes down to is that we must communicate clearly and be very aware of each move that we make. There’s such a thing as being too careful, but we have to find that happy medium.
As I grow in my business and my life, this can only serve as a reminder that good communication is essential to an enduring business relationship. It may sound simple, but sometimes it’s the simple things that escape us.
Every day is a journey. I’m doing my best, Super Editor Woman!