We Need to Talk About Editing

Nice older post from Jane Gleeson-White talking about the secrecy that binds editors:

Book editors regularly open themselves to an other, go deeply into that other’s innermost being (their text), and work to transform that text (and be themselves transformed) without touching it. And then they must let go of it all and be forever silent. I think all this secret intimacy is doing editors’ heads in. Writers are renowned for their paranoia, their swings between omnipotence and impotence, their depression and insecurity. But in my experience, editors suffer just as much if not more from these debilitating states – mostly without the upswing of omnipotence. Why? Possibly because they’re treated mostly like shit. Poorly paid and never acknowledged, always blamed when things go wrong.

Love your editor! Now go, read and understand.

Original here: http://overland.org.au/blogs/not-assigned/2010/04/the-love-that-dare-not-speak-its-name-we-need-to-talk-about-editing/