Allies, Not Ed-Ih-TAAAAAAURS

It’s not uncommon to hallucinate a perfected, proficient and hierarchically-propelled person lurking in our corners – proverbially, of course.

We all behold a version of ourselves – a standard, if you will – which we expect consistently; the “Man In The Sky”, in religious reference – or the twelve-week-extreme-diet-beach-body-facebook-photos of last Summer, in contemporary understanding. The Truth? Literary enthusiasts succumb to the same disposition, only shaking hands with the dreaded Editor (I encourage you to pronounce this Ed-ih-TAUR, like you would a Minotaur. You know, for all those Minotaurs you see day-to-day). There’s a petrification that the person at the other end holds all the keys, knows all the answers, sleeps with every dictionary. But if Dogwood and my own findings are anything to acknowledge, it’s quite far the opposite: the editor holds a responsibility, often nervously, in collaborating with writers to produce the best possible outcome – a published work. As Caver and Saunders highlight themselves, editors are not always right; they have more accountability, in fact, in producing a mechanically sound/stable public-issued work! Writers could vouch for particular inclusions, perturbing that baying editor, if necessary.

What most people don’t realize is that it’s not just a one-way non-negotiable process, whereby an imaginary judge hammers a life sentence to the writer for a forever muted confinement. I haven’t had the chance to hold dialogue with a writer (yet), but I’ve certainly had the emotional nudge or twang to do so.
And there’s evidential proof, in itself. Writers want to publish work. I haven’t given up on Peter Pan’s Shadow, because the author has brought to light a unique perspective on the importance of our soul. I want that author to tweak and manipulate her poem, sculpting an assimilated formulation, which will then be… yes… published. I want to publish you, Peter Pan.

There’s no harm done. I don’t want to control your work, as an editor. I want you to arrive at your own conclusions and submit to your own comfort level. I understand I’m relatively new to the editing process, but my own optimism naturally accompanies the job; likewise, a professional will affirm the same passion. Work to an end – politely!


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