Honestly, it never ceases to amaze me how bone-headed editors can be.
Many of them are puffed up with self-importance and within the writing world, their authority is almost incontestable. (To wit: Have you ever seen *any* writing advice that urges you to challenge your editor? Thank you, case closed).
Most writers, including myself, do need an editor. But when your editor sends you a message like this, you really start to wonder who needs who:
You’ve done a pretty good job overall, however your article is going to require some revisions before I can approve it for publication.
I really enjoyed reading your work. You’ve provided a lot of great information throughout in a conversational tone that I’m readers will enjoy.
However you need to provide some in-text citations; “According to,” “So and So says,” etc. to your work to substantiate your statements for readers. Please don’t confuse these with parenthetical citaions.
You have an excessive amount of “to be” verbs in your writing. Though not always passive, you should try to limit your usage of them to strengthen your writing.
C’mon, share your bone-headed editor stories! (Unless they’re about me, of course….)