Think your editor is unreasonable and demanding?
Think he hates you, your writing, every breath you take, and probably your grandmother, too?
Consider the situation from his point of view, and ask yourself, “Why should my work be read by the world?”
As I see it, an editor’s job is not only to encourage writers, but to challenge them, to draw from them better and better work. It it isn’t to be so “nice” that they don’t feel the sting of failure, or that they never confront reality: “You’re good, kid, but you’re not there yet. Do it over.”
The cost of “too nice” is lazy, naive, or ill-equipped writers, as well as disappointed, annoyed readers whose online and word-of-mouth reviews will cost book sales. More importantly, readers will have little or no respect for authors who produce below-the-bar work.
And what of the publisher’s reputation? Or the editor’s?
Agree or disagree? Have a rant of your own? Post it here, or over at Keanan’s blog, and let the conversation commence!