When I did a google search for ‘worst mistakes an editor can make’ (‘cause misery loves company and I was curious to hear about goofs by my colleagues) I was genuinely surprised at what I found: NOTHING. Apparently, editors are above reproach! I wish someone had told me that years ago before I started doing things like apologizing to authors or listening to their opinions….
Admittedly, I only went two pages deep into the google search but it was enough to get the point. Editors sit behind the screen, gatekeepers to publication, and tell authors what they are doing wrong. I’m not trying to sound critical of my own profession, and the advice I read was REALLY good advice to authors, but I feel like it’s time to say this: Editors make mistakes too….and here are some of mine:Read more