WORDS TO THE WISE, I THINK….HOW THE OTHER “SIDE” THINKS!
“Writers don’t go to hell”, said Anthony Howard, an English writer, “they have such hell on earth with their publishers, that when they die, they go straight to heaven.”
As a mere journalist at the time who didn’t dare call myself a writer, I shuddered at what abysses of despair that remark revealed, and thanked my lucky stars that my fate would never be to agonise over a publisher.
Times change, and I’ve discovered what he meant… the anguish of clumsy editors who think they understand the English language better than you do, seems to be the fate of too many writers. I remember my husband writing his umpteenth book, and on receiving the proofs, finding his manuscript had been improved by a feminist editor who’d replaced words like ‘ mankind’ with ‘personkind’, and’ brotherhood’ with ‘personhood.’
I, on the other hand, was once gifted with an editor who had…
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