I have noticed at times newer writers and a bunch of readers blaming the problems of a published book on the editor. As if the editor has much to do with it. Yeah, right. This thinking just shows a real lack of information about how editing and publishing works in New York publishers.
I was going to do a blog post about it, maybe one of the Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing posts, but then I found a wonderful post by long-time novelist Laura Resnick exactly on the point.
You can find her home page here.
And you can find the blog on this very topic at Novelist Inc. right here.
And you can find the home page for Novelist Inc. right here. (Hint, they do some great blogs by experienced professionals such as Laura, and they even let me write guest blogs for them every-so-often.)
So go to the blog from Laura and learn why blaming the editor for a bad book is just silly thinking. The writer writes the book. Laura says almost exactly what I would have said. Frightening, just frightening.
And then always remember, it’s the author who is in charge. When a bad book gets into print, only the name on the cover is to blame. Or, as we tell our students over and over and over:
You are responsible for your own career.
Thanks, Laura, for the great post. Saved me a bunch of time.