Friday, October 17, 2008

Del Rey EIC Betsy Mitchell on why smart writers are willing to re-write

Over at Random House's Suvudu blog, Del Rey Editor-in-Chief Betsy Mitchell has posted a great piece on why smart writers shouldn't argue with their editors when asked to make changes.

Be prepared to familiarize yourselves with the awesome phrase: "The ego has landed".

9 comments:

Joya said...

Very insightful. Thanks for sharing the link. :)

The Inkwell Bookstore said...

Leggo my ego!

gawain said...

Ok, fess up. Who's the ego? You don't have to post it, just send it to the same email where you keep sending my rejections :-)

S. E. Ward said...

I second Gawain's comment. You know the address. ;)

Sex Mahoney for President said...

Listen to an editor? What does a publishing industry professional know about about writing that I, an amateur, don't? Nothing, that's what.

Sex Mahoney for President

writtenwyrdd said...

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

Marva said...

My years as a tech writer wiped out any writer ego I possessed. My "editors" have always been the experts on the subject matter. I'd assume my fiction editor is also the expert on the subject of whipping a book into shape.

Now, critters are another matter. They are not experts, and I am free to pick and choose suggestions.

GeekyQuill said...

That should be required reading for all writers.

sbarret said...

Well, if smart writers rewrite, I must be a frakkin' genius, based on the size of rewrites I just got back from my editor...;-)

erp.