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How to pray for an editor
Wisdom. No two authors are alike, so editors need wisdom to know the best way to work with different personality types. Being a good editor requires more than editorial skills and language expertise; it requires an understanding of people. Pray that editors will have the wisdom necessary to convince authors that the changes they suggest are made with their best interest in mind.
Discernment. Not every editorial change is worth fighting for. Pray that editors will know when to insist on an editorial change, when to negotiate, and when to go with the author's preference.
Humility. Editors work behind the scenes. Readers never know how much work editors do to make authors look good. In fact, editors seldom get credit for all the improvements they make, but they likely will be blamed if they allow a mistake to slip through. Editors need grace and humility to accept this reality and remain free of resentment.
Patience. Knowing what's right can lead to impatience if the editor has trouble convincing the author. Pray that editors will be patient with authors and not lose sight of the fact that their task is to create good, God-honoring books for readers, not win arguments with authors.
Try praying for an editor using Philippians 2:1-11: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves (v. 3).”
When editors and authors both see the other as more important than themselves, the relationship will be satisfying and edifying not only for the author and editor but also for readers.
Julie Ackerman Link is a co-founder of Blue Water Ink, a book-packaging company that has been providing writing, editing, designing, typesetting and consulting services for publishers and authors for more than 25 years. During her career, Julie has rewritten, edited and compiled hundreds of books.
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