I sat on this overnight. I was that frustrated. I would truly have blown my stack had I posted yesterday. Had to get up and walk away from the computer and had a migraine because of this, because it makes me angry, sad, and there's little I can do about it.
I just want to say that I am sick and tired of seeing good people get taken by any Joe who hangs a shingle out and calls themselves an editor. I'm heartsick that I have to type up emails and let people know there are problems with their manuscripts, when they are expecting there should not be because they paid someone to fix things for them.
Please, please, please - if you are a writer, if you have friends who are writers, or even talk to strangers on the street who write - stress the importance of a good, solid, reputable editor. Heck, I'm ready to print up a t-shirt and wear it everywhere.
Some of you may remember that I offered editing services a while back. I shouldn't have. I'm not an editor. I still have guilt over that. I didn't do it with malicious intent, and I don't think a lot of misguided souls who offer editing do. But that doesn't change the fact that a lot of people who offer editing, shouldn't. It's still frustrating to the highest level, though, to see this happen over and over and over again. To nice people. Who deserve better. (Coincidentally, anyone who feels this way about what I did for you - contact me via email. I want to try and make it right. Somehow.)
So, all that being said, just please be mindful of who you use for editing. Make sure they have a portfolio with references. Make sure they provide a free sample edit. Spell out everything you expect from them up front. Ask for actual references. Don't just assume, because they can write well, (like I did with my first "editor" - mistake) that means they can edit.
And no, I'm not directing this at Red Adept. Lynn, et al, is wonderful. I just wish everyone could have her or someone like her.