Everyone needs an editor. But there is no doubt that being edited can be excruciating. Especially if your editor is good at what they do.
Here’s a short bit from Marcin Wichary about the edits on his forthcoming book, Shift Happens:
How personal it all feels is the biggest surprise. Sometimes, I read my editor’s word choices and I nod vigorously. The other times I want to shout “Do you even get this book?” while I slam F3 so hard I’m worried about my expensive switch underneath.
“Let’s cut this section,” he says in a comment, and I remove it with pleasure. Next chapter. “Let’s cut this section,” he says, and in my head the first response that arrives is “How about I cut you.”
It’s a great post about a fascinating subject, and the book sounds great, too! And of course, I found this story thanks to my friend Glenn Fleishman, who is Marcin Wichary’s editor.
It’s okay, Marcin. We’ve all wanted to cut Glenn at one time or another.