Dear Ed

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Dear Ed,deared

I've hidden my light under a bushel for so long that now I can't find it. What can I do?

Frank

 

Dear Frank,

Look under the couch.

Ed

 

Dear Ed,

No, seriously. I need some useful advice.

Frank


Dear Frank,

I haven't been able to take the word 'seriously' seriously since Channel 10 used it as their station promo some years back.

Okay, some serious advice. You asked for it. I'll crap on for a few lines while I think about it, so skip forward if you like. But you do realise you've written in to Dear Ed, don't you? I'm not very good at doing serious. Micro Mentor does serious advice; I just do surrealistic fairy floss.

Okay, big statement coming. I think editors in general are too modest and too self-effacing. The whole idea of editing as invisible mending is just rubbish. Blind Freddy can tell the difference between an edited and an unedited document. So it's time to shake off the 'aw shucks I spent 20 hours restructuring your document but all the words are still yours' attitude.

As editors, we don't just restructure. We polish. We realign text and knead the kinks out. We look at what a document could be, not just what it is.

So get out there and start talking yourself up.

Seriously,

Ed