The other day, one of my clients said he thought the process of editing was negative. That comment really surprised me as I have always felt that an editor’s intention is to make the material he or she is editing better.
Indeed, I have many clients who are really troubled when their editors don’t touch their manuscripts (and frankly, I think they should be). These authors welcome their editors’ comments and work with them to improve their material.
In the end though, I advise writers to remember that their work is their work and that if they feel strongly about the edits they are receiving, they can always respectfully disagree. The process of getting a manuscript into publishable shape, however, should be collaborative and thinking that editing is negative is not the right attitude, in my opinion.
I would love to hear how you feel about the editorial process, whether you think it is positive or negative and why.