|Me and Rachel O.|
JoAnn and Becky work more on the acquisitions end of things (at least where my manuscripts are concerned) and Rachel and Aaron work on the nitty gritty content and copy edits.
The editor/author relationship isn't something that happens overnight, and sometimes you gel better with one editor over another, but here are three tips that will make your editors eager to work with you.
1. Meet or exceed your deadlines. You're a team-member here. Deadlines aren't arbitrary. Your manuscript deadlines, editing deadlines, marketing copy deadlines and the like often signal the beginning of a long series of events and processes that have to occur to get your book from your head to readers' hands. If you miss your deadline, every other deadline along the way has to be readjusted, and the stress level goes up exponentially.
2. Be receptive. Your editors are pros. They see dozens of manuscripts, and they know the publishers readership, preferred tone, and guidelines better than you do. When they speak, your job is to listen.
3. Be a pro. You're not going to agree with every suggestion or idea your editor comes up with. You're going to have to defend some decisions you've made in the story, and you're going to have to let go of some other things. Don't whine, don't carp, and don't spread your discontent. Suck it up, respect the editor's expertise and experience, and carefully consider what needs to be changed.
If you follow these three tips, you'll be happier, and your editors will thank you.