From Technical Editing by Carolyn D Rude: Ernest Mazzatenta (what a surname), former president of the Society for Technical Communication, has collected statements from hundreds of writer-researchers about what they like and dislike about editors. I am going to skip the boring part (what writers like most about editors) and get down to the juicy subject: what writers dislike most about editors. Bold highlights are added by yours truly.
- asks the writer to rewrite a section without giving any indication of what's wrong with it or any direction to take
- makes changes only to incorporate the editor's style of writing
- suggests qualifiers and disclaimers to analyses that, in the writer's professional judgment, are excessive
- uses words that are not acceptable to the writer and won't change them
- replaces words with synonyms
- requires too many iterations (for example, ten)
- makes comments that are inconsistent with the department head's comments
Except for the last two points, they are all about crash of the egos. I imagine the dialogue that goes there.
Writer: Don't forget who you are – do just what you are supposed to do.
Editor: Let me help you, hard-head. I know better about what good writing is about.
Should we all put down our keyboards and take 101 Office Politics?