Editing Tips from Douglas Gibson (#11)

Every two weeks we’re sharing tips for editors from the desk of Douglas Gibson. Good for those starting out or old hands who need a reminder, these reminders form an engaging guide for sharp-eyed wordsmiths.

Tip #11

(I think) While a manuscript is being discussed in detail, most contact between the author and the editor is likely to involve errors, perceived weaknesses, or suggested improvements. To avoid the role of nit-picking whiner, the editor must remember to sprinkle these criticisms with praise for a fine phrase (“Great!”) or a well-handled chapter. This will reduce the sense of tiresome nagging, and emphasize the editor’s role as enthusiastic assistant in an exciting project.

Missed the previous tips? Check out Tip #1, Tip #2, Tip #3Tip #4, Tip #5, Tip #6, Tip #7, Tip #8Tip #9, and Tip #10.


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