The partnership and collaboration between an author and an editor can lead to a beautiful union or a disastrous divorce. You, as the author and caretaker of your book’s destiny, need to learn how to manage and exercise control so that your author-editor relationship doesn’t turn sour.
One of the main reasons to self-publish a book is so that you can maintain more control over your work. Being an independent author, you have the ability to veto any changes or recommendations made by your editor. This is a huge advantage for you as an author. However, it’s very rare that an editor will make a change arbitrarily. It’s up to you to open up the lines of communication so that you can have a meaningful dialogue with your editor about the reason for specific changes. Editors are extremely knowledgeable and can offer great feedback about your work. But you need to give them the opportunity to do so. Remember, an editor is invested in the success of your book, too! Communication and open communication is key to a happy, healthy relationship with an editor.
When communication goes south, so does the relationship. It’s important to establish an expectation of your editor’s level of contribution before work begins. Make sure that you’re happy with the terms laid out in the initial contract. If you’re not comfortable with the level of control that an editor will have over your work then you’ll need to work out the details up front. If you feel that your editor is overstepping their bounds, then asking for clarification about a decision is always wise. It’s also important to shelf your pride during this process. An editor wants the best for your book. Try not to take their changes personally. Doing so can lead to a falling out where you begin making changes without telling the editor, or worse. This is what happens when the author-editor relationship goes off the rails and the result is never pretty.
The author-editor relationship can be truly joyous and lead to the finest version of your manuscript possible. However, that finished product is ultimately your responsibility. Make sure that you have the best relationship possible by following this advice. If you’d like to learn more about this relationship, check out the article below!
Read the full article here: Author-Editor Collaboration: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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