Are editors still relevant?
In the recent past most people have argued that an editor is not very useful as a computer. Some argue that a computer can perform the task of an editor such as; checking plagiarism, spelling mistakes and even grammar. Why then employ an editor over a task that a computer can perform in seconds?
It may be true on how they argue but even in technological development editors are still crucial in any publishing company. For instance, editors can advise an author on the topics to write on. Most of the time editors interact with the audience that consumes content. In this interaction they can understand exactly the expectations of audience and advice writers on which topics to write on.
A computer is like a robot. It only follows commands that have been keyed in. In some cases, the writer may concentrate on spelling, grammar or even font size. All these can be done by a computer but think of logic and type setting. An editor is keen on how logical the content is. The semantic and syntax aspects of an article. The editor will ensure that what is passed to the reader is correct and comprehensive.
Ethics is an essential aspect in any writing. An editor ensures that any article presented for publishing is ethical. An editor may reject an article that may have content that can trigger violence, gender bias or even that which is racist and tribal. As compared to a computer that just concentrates in basic editing factors, an editor can be so useful in identifying this silent but crucial factor.
Every nice article must pass through the hands of an editor. The editor will check the aspect clarity and consistency of work. A clearly laid out work makes it easy for a reader to go through. Consistency means to work or write within the topic you have chosen. When a writer becomes irrelevant it is the work of an editor to bring the writer on track.
An editor can give you a new or rather fresh perspective. When writers write articles, they are too familiar with their work hence it is very difficult for them to notice their mistakes. But ones the work gets to an editor who is seeing it for the first time. The editor will quickly notice mistakes. At times a writer may get stuck or run out of ideas. When an editor puts a keen eye on the manuscript the editor will easily help the writer to complete his work by giving him new ideas.
An editor has soft skills that that computer editing may lack. For example, an editor can advice a writer, communicate directly to a writer in areas changes are needed, can advice a writer on how to become better in writing and also give a writer an objective report after proofreading.
An editor is also a writer. Editors can add relevant content and eliminate irrelevant content to make your work more attractive to your audience. An editor is a store of captivating vocabulary that is context effective. Every reader wants to learn about new words as he/she reads. This helps them to understand the language in use better. Editors have come in contact with different writers. They have learnt different writing styles. They have gained experience on how a good article should appear like. They are the best people to consider if you want your book or publication to be nice and worth selling.
In conclusion you will realise that editors give you the best advice on which pictorials to accompany your writing, which format is the best, what to use as a cover page and areas to refer to if you need further research. No one could not want their articles to be pushed away by readers. Being among the authors whose work sales so much. You need to take time and consult an editor and allow the editor to guide you on how the whole process of making a manuscript turn into a desirable book is done.