What is a good Editor Worth?

Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald had Max Perkins, I have John Doyle. What do I have in common with Ernie and Scotty? Nothing. They were magnificent writers, I am a scribbler. But Max and John have a lot in common both being fine Editors. I wonder if you can comprehend the value of a good editor. No matter how well a writer feels that he or she has accomplished the goal of creating a good and compelling story – if it is not read and edited by an objective and competent editor I can promise you it will not be as good as it could be. I delivered the final draft of “September Song” to John today. Now he goes to work.

Editors don’t rewrite an author’s work, but what they do is vital in the end. They make sure the tense is correct, the punctuation is right, and the juxtaposition of critical words is as it should be. This is no easy job. It requires reading thousands of words (in the case of my next novel 139,000) and paying attention to each one. Do you realize what concentration, what tunnel-vision that requires? Is there any wonder why there are so MANY unsuccessful writers on Amazon? If you read reviews the number one complaint is about poor grammar, misspelled words, actions that don’t follow a logical pattern. I can relate to that. I can’t stand that in my own reading habits, and it would be foolish for me to expect others to feel differently about what I write.

And that is why John H. Doyle is my editor. And not just mine, John edits a monthly magicians’ magazine and other periodicals. If you enjoy reading “September Song” when it is published, know that while I write the words, John makes sure they are in the right order and have periods and commas where they should be. What is a good editor worth? A good editor is priceless.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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