Re: Editing (was: Pulling My Hair Out)

Subject: Re: Editing (was: Pulling My Hair Out)
From: Gabe Goldberg <gabe -at- ACCESS3 -dot- DIGEX -dot- NET>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 1994 20:09:03 GMT

jwg -at- acd4 -dot- acd -dot- com wrote:

: I swear that some people are just looking for an ego boost when
: they ask you to edit something they wrote.

When asked to "edit" something, I ask whether the full treatment is wanted.
That means picking all the nits I can find, in addition to fixing problems,
compressing text, ensuring consistency, etc.

Before I started asking for informed consent, I sometimes surprised (not
pleasantly) people looking for certification rather than improvement.

I've collaborated on several books with another writer/editor; we've
evolved a mutual style of writing/editing which *we* find pleasing but
which others have found brutal, before they understood what we were trying
to do. The key is matching delivery to expectations before you start.

Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc.
13382 Brookfield Court, Chantilly, VA 22021-2618
Voice: (703) 968-5738 FAX: (703) 502-0673 Internet: gabe -at- access -dot- digex -dot- net

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