by Kelvin Smith
Publishing relies on development of text, selection, amendment, styling, checking, spelling, punctuation, maintaining standards, punctiliousness. Red, blue, yellow and black ink and other coloured pencil suggest control, management of form and content, editing, proofing, approval.
Editing as choice, refining meaning and presentation, brings out register and voice, detail and distinction, varieties of truth and vision. Enhancing but not embellishing originality, marking progress in a narrative or argument, working with rather than against creation.
Say “thank you” to the editor.