Interstitial Moment:

“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you.
And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.”  -Arthur Plotnik, editor and author

Of course that is the GOOD editor, even the GREAT editor. But alas, in a career that spans 46+ years and 300+ books, I have occasionally known editors who only want to let the their own fire show through, or who leave the writer with heavier smoke than before, or who take out the fire extinguisher and hose the writer down. I do not work with them again willingly.

The others, the good and great editors, make me better than I am. I do not take their input lightly. In fact the g/g editor’s input is one of the best arguments against self-publishing that I know, the other two being distribution and marketing.

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