Good ol’ Enid Coleslaw sent me a nice number on editors from the Guardian:
Black day for the blue pencil
Once they were key figures in literary publishing, respected by writers who acknowledged their contribution to shaping books. But, argues Blake Morrison, editors are now an endangered species. Click on to read more …
Many truths in the article, as far as I can tell from my time as an editor, albeit in educational publishing. No delineation between various levels of editing, plus marketing, budgeting and selling, in the ex-company, so octopus-like behaviour was expected. Editing such vital communiques required a great deal of surgical precision too, and preferably editorial knowledge, daring and imagination, skills which I was still trying to get a handle on after 30 months on the job. Good training ground that exposed me to the craziness of authors and bosses alike. Made me all too aware that not everyone is good at his/her job (not excluding moi-self), and organisations seem to function successfully only through divine grace, and descend into anarchy now and then anyway.