Editor: Friend or Foe?

file611236549064The relationship between author and editor is a heady brew of collaboration, the zest of the sports coach encouraging the team, the wisdom of a mentor, the knowledge of a teacher and the diplomacy of an adviser. The editor needs to bond with the author, to become immersed in the story their client is telling, but have the courage to stand strong, but in the friendliest way, when you know that word, that phrase, that structure needs to change.