I’m an editor, and, yes, I am well aware I’ve given you a quote that probably made you stop breathing for a moment. (Or, usually, just not respond.) So I was delighted when I found this pair of articles from an editor I don’t know but really appreciate.
1. Editing a book takes longer than people think.
2. The fee isn’t an editor’s salary.
Yes, it takes a long time to edit a book well. (Which is the only way I intend to do it. In my opinion, there are no shortcuts.) I read a manuscript twice before I start to write the notes. By the time I’ve finished the notes (this often takes me a week), I’ve usually read the manuscript a third time, and some parts of it many more than that.
Regarding the second point, I don’t generally like to discuss this, since it sounds like a complaint (and I don’t intend it to be)—but yes, for example, the entity who is paying my employer’s withholding taxes is, you know, me. The entity who contributes matching funds to my 401K retirement fund is me. The entity who provides my business equipment is, again, me. If you have a corporate job, your employer pays for these things.
Read these articles. Think about it. I’ll save my rant for another time. :)
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