Five Great Quotations about Editing

“To write is human, to edit is divine.” – Stephen King

“You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing. You’ve been backstage. You’ve seen how the rabbits were smuggled into the hat. Therefore ask a reading friend or two to look at it before you give it to anyone in the publishing business. This friend should not be someone with whom you have a romantic relationship, unless you want to break up.” — Margaret Atwood

“I apologize for the length of this letter; I didn’t have time to make it shorter.” – Blaise Pascal

“Everything you write must be read aloud. Once all the context items are in place, this is the final test for any written piece…” – Jiro Adachi

“The best time to hire an editor is when you have completed your manuscript…The closer to finished the writing work is, the more thorough and cost-effective the editing process will be.” – Kit Cooley