We can all name writers we admire. But can you name an editor?
Writers get the byline and the glory. Editors toil in anonymity. There is no Pulitzer Prize or Ellie for editors. Clark and Fry discuss this in “Coaching Writers,” chapter 5, “Models for Editors.” Make sure you’ve read the chapter, then let’s tackle the questions they ask at the end of the chapter:
Is it necessary for editors to suppress their own egos and work in the background? How, then, do editors have fun and gain satisfaction?
Is there such a thing as a typical “editing personality,” or is that a myth?