The editorial process is one of the key places where power dynamics become most explicit in the publishing process. Traditionally the relationship between an editor and writer has been linear, with the editor having the ultimate power to drop the work of writers who aren’t sufficiently compliant.
If we want it to be, editing can be a moment of learning and empowerment for both writers and editors. In this way editing can become more of a custodial role, supporting and enabling the work to become the very best it can be by listening and connecting with the particular needs of the individuals involved.
- Have boundaries around the editing process been discussed before the process begins?
- How does the editorial process reflect the values the project prioritises?
- What does the editorial style of the publication presume about the readers gender, ability, health, or economic background?
Notes Toward an Ethics of Editorial Care by Travis Chi Wing Lau