After thousands of hours spent poring over millions of words penned by dozens of authors, it seemed time to articulate what guides the editing process here at the Blue Garret.
Some editors worry that we will eventually be replaced by computers; looking at this list confirms my feeling that the humans are here to stay. Stories are told by people to people, after all, and I don’t expect that to change any time soon.
Blue Garret Editing Principles
Be human: feel what the book is telling you to feel and pay attention to those feelings
Be truthful: authors cannot improve weaknesses they do not know exist
Be kind: books come from authors’ hearts and minds, and they are to be treated with care
Be optimistic: nurture the belief that there is a beautiful book buried in every messy draft
Be inclusive: welcome all writers and honor their individual experiences
Be respectful of the reader: anticipate the future reader’s questions and trust their intelligence
Be collaborative: listen to the author carefully and work together to find the right path
Be focused: bring your best attention and knowledge to every book
These are the principles that guide every piece of work here at the Blue Garret, from a complex content edit to a simple proofread. There’s more to editing than correcting commas – although let’s get those commas right, too, while we’re at it.