Writer-Editor Relationships

Three Ways to Have a Better Writer-Editor Relationship
 

Own your product. 
Always send editors your best work. Submit a writing piece that you are proud of and that is as flawless as possible before turning it over to your editor. Ross-Larson (1996) has a book on editing your own work that may be a good resource for you. Use the best resources, conducting extensive research and taking your piece as far as you possibly can before passing it on to your editor. Own your writing piece but know that your editor will refine, define, and strengthen your document.

Understand the responsibilities of your editor. 
It is your editor’s job to improve the clarity and readability of your document, focusing on the flow of the paper as well as grammar, word usage, spelling, punctuation, consistency, and style. Our editors do not provide rewriting services, but may provide recommendations or suggestions where necessary. The definition of the word "edit" is: to prepare written material for publication by correcting, condensing, or otherwise modifying it.

Communicate, communicate, communicate. 
Communication with your editor is essential. If you have questions or specific areas of the document that you would like the editor to focus on, please communicate this to your editor. If there is something that you are not sure about, mention it to your editor. Ask questions if you have them. Be proactive, but not overly needy. Be confident and professional, and know that you can make worthwhile contributions to conversations regarding your writing piece.