by Sue A. Fairchild

As I began to think about what we could post today that would relate to both editing and Valentine’s Day, I began to consider how much love and affection we must provide our authors as we edit their words. Most often, authors have spent months, sometimes years, writing their novels. They have an affection for their words, a connection that we cannot. Their words have been crafted with the utmost care and skill, then they send it off into our cold, calloused hands (just kidding), hoping that we won’t rip their beloved piece to shreds.

I often think of this Bible verse when I’m editing:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:34 NIV).

Truly, this is a verse we should keep in our hearts as we edit the words of others. For in this, we can succeed in providing excellent advice and sharing the will of God to our authors. So, on this Valentine’s Day, I am reminding each of us that love is about more than the affection shared between couples. It can also be conveyed to each other in the way we interact with one another on a daily basis, especially as we work with the precious words of our clients.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sue A. Fairchild started out as a devotion writer, but now also claims the titles of editor, proofreader, webmistress, and blogger. She has written and self-published three books as well as helped a variety of authors get their manuscripts into readers’ hands. Sue loves working with clients who are working toward the greater good of sharing God’s message in this world. Email to discuss a free sample edit. Check out her website for testimonials.