Heroes & Villains — Good & Bad Editors

George R.R. Martin calls editors “the writer’s natural enemy,” but some of these pros are great. What sets them apart from their thoughtless counterparts?

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Bad editors

Bad editors enact the above scene again and again, carrying around egos so huge they make Gordon Ramsay look like a timorous beastie. They wield far more power than they should, and they certainly won’t let the lowly scribes at their mercy forget it for a single second.

Good editors

More Delia Smith than Gordon Ramsay, good editors are an entirely different kind of creature. They’re real pros with a passion for their craft and a strong grasp of both the writing and editing processes. Demonstrating an almost saint-like courtesy, they’d be mortified to act out the scene described at the start of this post.

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