A then-famous singer spent five hours on the telephone yelling at her editor, telling her what a terrible job she had done and went through every page. I don't know the outcome except it was the only book the singer sold to that publisher.
* Editors assume writers are always learning—and never stop learning.
* Editors assume that writers look at the comments nondefensively, even if they disagree. Here's a sentence I tell new authors to memorize and repeat regularly: "I am a professional and I respond professionally."
* Editors assume you know they are criticizing a product and not the writer. You're not being criticized personally. The focus is on your work—a product separate from yourself.
* Editors assume you realize that every author is edited.
* Editors assume that the best writers welcome them as guides and helpers to bring in a different-and-improved perspective.
* Editors assume writers will grow through the editing experience. As you look at the editing, you can probably figure out why he cut or changed something.