Question of the Week: How Do You Like Your Editing?

Over the past couple of years, I’ve worked with a wider variety of editors than usual, and I’ve experienced different methods of editorial feedback.

Perhaps most common, especially for shorter work, is an email listing suggested changes or questions with references to key phrases or page numbers. Also common are notes embedded in the document, usually as comments and edits highlighted by track changes—this is my preference. I’ve also experienced variations on these methods, some of them unwieldy and time-consuming to address, others not so bad, just different from my preference.

If you’re an editor, how do you usually send your feedback? Is it different for short stories, novels, and other forms? Is it different for different writers?

If you’re a writer, what’s your preferred method of receiving feedback? Are there some that drive you up the wall?

And if you’re neither an editor nor a writer, how have you always imagined the feedback process?

4 thoughts on “Question of the Week: How Do You Like Your Editing?

  1. For me as a writer, turn on track changes and go to town. The ability to accept a change with the click of a button rather than making me recreate the change manually is fantastic. Throw in some comments, and I’ve got everything I need.

  2. As I’ve been on both sides of this coin, I find track changes and comments are the easiest way for me to give and receive feedback. If that’s not possible, then a separate editorial letter for overarching issues can also suffice (so long as line edits aren’t being considered).

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