Un bain maure,
Jean Leon Gerome,
oil on canvas.
I've wanted to say this for some time.
Remember that beautiful essay, the Editor's Creed, by KM Frontain on the mutual reponsibilities of editors and writers that I re-posted on Aug 30?
M.E. Ellis also adheres to the tenets expressed therein to, well, the letter.
Besides being a fearsomely good writer ( her books have been listed on Mobipocket up there with the big ones - yanno, like King), as an editor, Michelle is a honey to work with.
At its best, editing is a dialogue towards improving the product. It is not a master-slave arrangement.
Neither is it a parent-child relationship. You should be old enough to dress yourself.
A good editor will point out if you forgot your underpants, but it is up to the writer to dig in the dresser drawer and cover her ass.
And a good editor always knows to the last jot and tittle why she thinks some element in a submission might require revision, correction or expansion.
E-publishers are sometimes dismissed on the basis of sloppy editing. Sometimes this accusation is fully justified. That is not the case here.
Wild Child Publishing may be a small house, but the quality of its editors, such as Michelle, speaks well for its future.
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