Saturday, February 21, 2009
DE as Coach
“If an author doesn’t know how to write, there’s nothing that an editor can do to help.” I’ve heard this opinion expressed by colleagues whose editorial judgment I deeply respect. It is true that a manuscript aspiring to literary heights cannot be lifted there by editing. But most authors of nonfiction wish only to communicate clearly, and an editor can certainly help a willing author to improve those skills. The DE is the author’s public speaking coach; her podium, the printed page.