The relationship does exist out there, even in the publishing industry. There are writers, and there are editors. Both work together, sometimes well, and sometimes not, but ultimately very successfully, I would think.
If there’s one thing, though, I’ve understood in this industry of sales writing, ghostwriting, blog writing and copywriting, it’s this: if you can be your own ‘editor,’ you’ve opened up your own positive pandora’s box to reveal a plethora of possibilities and potential at your fingertips. Man, that’s a lot of P’s. Sorry for the spitting there.
It’s not easy being an editor and a copywriter, but one thing’s for sure: when you write a piece for a client, and you’ve captured a wealth of experience as an editor, you begin to notice that the spell checker is merely a formality, and not necessarily a necessity. That puts you a cut above the rest. You don’t stress as much about making sure the grammar’s spot on, and the typos are at a 0 count. Accuracy then comes naturally. I should know.
Working as a caption editor back in the day had immersed me in a baptism by fire where every word had to be absolutely correct. Perfection was the only requirement. I did it for five years. The result was now that when I write, I can’t help but be dead-on accurate with my words, hence not really needing a second person to check the work.
It’s quite convenient. Sit and wait while I get some napkins to wipe the P’s off my desk. Thanks.