• Trish Lockard

Editor & Writer, A Team

In my first blog post, I told you a little about myself. And I made a promise to you -- to work with you to present your finest writing to the world.

A good editor must learn the author's vision, see the strengths of the work, and sort out its weaknesses. Sadly, some editors are super-critical. But in truth, some author's are super-sensitive.

As your editor, I will offer honest feedback and constructive advice. In the manuscript assessment and developmental edit, those are crucial editorial responsibilities. You, the author, might not always like what I'm suggesting. We will disagree at times, I guarantee it. Professional disagreements are a good thing.

I am not your enemy. I gain nothing by sabotaging your work. Excellence in the content and quality of your work is as much a reflection on me as it is on you. I ask that you receive my comments and suggestions in the spirit of fostering teamwork, and allow my editing skills to complement your writing skills.

Trust is a requirement of the editor-author relationship. You must trust that I want your work to be of outstanding quality and I will perform my services in your best interests.

I promise to treat you and your work with courtesy and respect. I ask the same in return. Mutual respect is essential if we are to Strike the Write Tone.