How much responsibility does an editor have when it comes to the condition of the work they are choosing to publish?
Serious question. What do you all out there think?
For some context: I am currently reading a novel that has a lot of mistakes that not only should never have been written, but should have been picked up by the editor, the writer, and the copywriter. There were POV violations all over the place, flat characters, character development issues and contradictions, and even a sentence in the book where a huge line of zeros randomly appears in the middle of a word. The last I might be willing to pass to printing error, but that’s pushing it.
So, how much of that should have been addressed by the editor before the book went to the press? Do you personally expect more from an editor?
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