A dear friend edited me recently and we had a bit of a tiff over it to put it mildly, and it’s because she used a form of edits I’ve never seen before and I thought she was putting me down. But for her they are an everyday thing because that’s how editors in the real world edit you. Apparently when ?? Bracket a section of your work?? It means the editor didn’t know what you were going for, or how to fix it they are asking for clarification of the passage.
This experience leaves me to wonder how many other secrets of this industry are floating around that the layman trying to break in doesn’t know about.
The purpose of this blog is to share things like this with you so you aren’t caught by surprise and act badly with and editor, or friend who is trying to help, but is used to a different editing style then you are.
Also you are communicating with an editor through written notes instead of voice, so there isn’t any body language, or voice inflection to base your conversation on. It’s important to remember that edits are there to help and never meant to be mean.
My advice is to learn all that you can about the type of editing to expect as well as terms and references that you will need to be fluent in, because that’s what will be expected of you to survive in the industry and to hold conversations with them without staring at them blankly feeling dumb.