Who Needs Editors? Everyone – Especially Bloggers

Who Needs Editors? Everyone – Especially Bloggers

I appear to have rattled a few publishing cages with my recent Guardian article about  my experiment in serialising my new novel The Sandman online on this site. That’s fair enough. Good to see my old friend and former editor Ursula McKenzie giving the publishers’ point of view in an answer in the same newspaper ‒ although I hardly think I was suggesting a storming of the publishing Bastille, Ursula.

What wasn’t quite so fair was the reaction of a widely-read publisher blogger called Paul Carr who, in his rush to ridicule me and illustrate how everyone needs editors, quoted a line from The Sandman without reading enough to consider its context. The result was that he misunderstood the purpose of the line completely, and, in doing so, made himself look snide, silly and plain wrong.

Of course everyone needs editors. No-one would deny that.  The Sandman had two as well as a proof-reader.  But, you know what ‒ bloggers need them, too.