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See that pencil? That is exactly how I would do it. See that pencil? That is exactly how I would do it.

In my email today, from an author for whom I did a sample edit:

…I will read through your comments and have an answer for you by next week. I was told today by another editor to stop writing and trash the book. I don’t have the talent! Sigh. Thanks goodness for chocolate.

First, did you know you get to shop around if you’re hiring an editor for your manuscript? Because you do. You can get a short “sample edit” of anywhere from 2-10 pages–some editors charge for that, some don’t–and compare what you get to see who feels like a good fit.

Second, I am so mad I want to cry, spit blood, and slash someone’s tires.

How dare she. (Most editors are women.) How dare she.

How dare she establish herself as the arbiter of not just…

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