by Meg Dowell
The advantage of balancing my time between both sides of the business – writing, and editing – is that I see all the mistakes writers make when they express interest in, or begin, working for an editor. I have long since corrected these things in my own practice as a writer, having seen them played out from the other side.
I know what not to do. I am aware of the things many people miss – but most importantly, I am aware of the inappropriate ways in which lowest-level writers often act toward higher-up editors.