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Editors: A Question of Perspective


Let’s be clear: what you’re really paying an editor for is to tell you what’s wrong with your manuscript. Doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right; that’s for you to decide. And it’s okay to disagree…

But if you do, it would be wise to think long and hard about their suggestions, because the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

Make no mistake—what you want is cold, brutal honesty. It’s just a painful but necessary part of the process. And you’re not getting your money’s worth if they just tell you how great you are, because the truth is that everything can be better. It just takes someone with no skin in the game to see it.

Always remember: a fighter gets better by getting beat up.