I like to think of myself as a collector of gifted writers. From talented authors to really good editors, I appreciate what people bring to the table.
Several years ago, I met a young woman with remarkable talent. She’s a great writer and has the potential of being a really good editor. Depending on what she decides to do, I believe the sky is limitless for her potential.
Last January, I encouraged one of my authors to contact the woman for manuscript editing. Although the woman accepted our freelance offer, she did so begrudgingly by comparing our rates to “wages people make in factories.” I was not only disturbed by her remarks, but I was also very disappointed.
After withdrawing from using the woman’s services, Patricia’s manuscript went to an award-winning editor for half the cost. When offered the same rate as the woman with less experience, the more experienced editor referred to our bid as way too generous. Has anyone heard of more experience costing less?
I shared my disappointment with a colleague who related this experience to an onion. Sometimes you can take a perfect onion and peel it back layer by layer. Once you get to the inner layer, you might be surprised to see characteristics you didn’t expect to find. My friend—that’s the truth about onions!
It’s not wise for editors and writers to burn bridges. The same bridges we burn might be the very ones we need to cross and reach the other side.
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