Anna Pitoniak has the ultimate inside experience: she was a big five editor before publishing her first novel.

Now that she's back with a second novel, it was so helpful to talk to Anna about how knowing how editing works behind the scenes impacted her writing. Many of us fear editing, and worry that someone else reading our work will result it it getting torn apart. Anna had first-hand experience of a productive collaborative editing experience with her authors, so she looked forward to editing, and even was better able to embrace the shitty first draft process knowing there was plenty of time for her writing to get better.

I found this incredibly reassuring: that someone who had worked as an editor was LESS afraid of the criticism her work would receive than someone who'd never done the job. Food for thought for all of us, for sure.

For full show notes and links: https://www.secretlibrarypodcast.com/anna-pitoniak-152

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