The Advocate

| August 22, 2014

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Sometimes, creators rail against the process of editing. They rail against the need of an editor for their stories. It doesn’t matter what step you’re in, be it scripting or the more visible artistic side, sometimes, creators don’t feel the need for an editor.

However, this is to be remembered:

Very often, the editor is the first, last, and only advocate for the reader.

The creative team? They want to tell the story (and get paid).

The publisher? They want to make sure the story is worthy of their logo (so they can sell books and continue to publish).

The editor? Their job is threefold: they have to make the creators look good; they have to make sure the work is up to the publishers’s standards; they have to make sure the story reads well for reader enjoyment.

When you have a good editor, the changes they call for will generally be for two reasons: publisher standards and reader enjoyment. Sometimes, creators forget that, because they’re wrapped up in the story they want to tell.

The advocate is needed. Better stories are often the result of the advocate being there.

Creators just have to remember that.

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About the Author ()

Steven is an editor/writer with such credits as Fallen Justice, the award nominated The Standard, and Bullet Time under his belt, as well as work published by DC Comics. Between he and his wife, there are 10 kids (!), so there is a lot of creativity all around him. Steven is also the editor in chief and co-creator of ComixTribe, whose mission statement is Creators Helping Creators Make Better Comics. If you're looking for editing, contact him at for rate inquiries.

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