I'm working on a bunch of things with my daughter Emily. In some ways, she's a smarter and better editor than I am.
When I was 21, I wanted to write like Kafka. But, unfortunately for me, I wrote like a script editor for 'The Simpsons' who'd briefly joined a religious cult and then discovered Foucault. Such is life.
Great is journalism. Is not every able editor a ruler of the world, being the persuader of it?
I am a news presenter, a news broadcaster, an anchorman, a managing editor - not a commentator or analyst.
I'd be far too self-conscious and insecure if I suspected my editor might be a better novelist than I.
Book writing is a little different because, in my case, my editor is a year younger than me and basically has the same sensibility as me.
"I think we'll have a good potato crop this year," a newspaper editor told his housekeeper one morning. "No such thing," asserted the housekeeper. "I think the crop will be poor." Ignoring her remark, the editor caused to be inserted in the evening paper his estimate of the crop situation. That night when he returned home he found the housekeeper waiting for him with a sheepish grin on her face and a copy of the paper in her hand. "I was wrong," she said apologetically. "It says right here in the paper that the crop will be excellent this fall."
And out of the blue, I got a call from an editor friend at Knopf and she said that they were interested in putting out an update for their vintage paperback line. So I was more than thrilled and it was suggested that perhaps I could do a 1,000 word new introduction covering what's happened with the whole Warhol thing since 1990 when the first edition hardcover came out and, uh, that was about August 1st and I sat down at my computer here in East Hampton and on on August 30th I'd written almost 10,000 words!
The Real-World was a sprawling mess of a book in need of a good editor.
If I like a thing, then I know that millions will like it. My mind and my taste are so common that I’m the best editor.
S. S. McClure
I have an editor in my head, that's why I can't read Harry Potter, because Rowling is such a lousy writer.
I've never had to work out of the arts. I've always either been a writer or an editor, or something where I've made my living from doing what I love. You can't get any better than that.