What do editors do?
Editors finesse or smooth over documents. While editors may correct spelling errors or punctuation errors, their primary aim is to improve the style and quality of your writing. The best text is clear, coherent and accessible. Clunky phraseology can weigh down a text to the point where readers may shelve it entirely. Editors work to ensure that this will not happen to your text.
Editors are given the latitude to tweak or remove sentences, rewrite sections of the text and make suggestions as to how to strengthen the appeal and impact of your writing. Texts, like gardens, can get out of hand and become unkempt and overgrown. Just as the gardener weeds, prunes, irrigates, fertilises, mulches, replants and landscapes, the editor removes ambiguity, clips back unnecessary verbiage, boosts, enhances and enlivens the text of any given document.
Even the most skilled writers can be too close to their work and something that may seem blindingly obvious to them may be entirely obscure or opaque to the reader that they hope to reach. A professional editor will pick up on the areas in a text where the writing has become abstruse and will polish, hone and reshape them until the meaning is transparent.
Good editors do not need to specialise in your particular subject area because most have an uncanny ability to apprehend the general import of your words and then tease out, nuance and refine them, regardless of how technical or arcane your field of expertise might be.
Editors know just how much a writer puts into their work and this is exactly why they are so invested in helping the writer to their vision. Every garden needs a committed gardener and every writer, no matter how experienced, needs a strong and dedicated editor!