Re: what's an editor?

Subject: Re: what's an editor?
From: Janice Gelb <janiceg -at- ENG -dot- SUN -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 1995 17:11:14 GMT

In article LAA26975 -at- cds8922 -dot- Cadence -dot- COM, Jan Boomsliter <boom -at- cadence -dot- com>
writes:
>An editor who is not a writer? How can that be?

>If one is not a writer, how can one possibly assist the writer and the
>writing process? I submit that the function you are describing is not
>editing.

>> Many editors are not writers and not at all creative. I had one like that
>> some years ago when I was on the staff of a large outfit. She could
>> identify problems, but did not know how to fix them. So we made a deal:
>> She would mark up the copy with her queries and comments, and pass it
>> back to me for repairs.
>>
>> It worked out very well. Is that a model for anyone?


I should hope not -- especially for writers who have never worked with
an editor before.

Just because an editor has never worked as a writer doesn't mean
that the editor can't figure out a way to assist the writer in
reworking a sentence or paragraph, and doesn't mean the editor
isn't creative. I'm sorry your personal experience with editors
has been that way, but I've been an editor (not a writer) my entire
professional career and have had no trouble assisting writers
with the writing process, or recommending fixes for problems that
might occur with the copy.


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