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This is a “nerdy” story about some of the real minutia of writing and publishing in the academic world. I am only going to subject subscribers to Sacred Space Astronomy to it.
Writers need editors. A weakness of blogs like this one is that we writers can just dump on you readers whatever we want. We do not have an editor who makes sure that what we write makes sense, reads well, etc. We can ask each other for help, or we can ask others to edit our writing (I often ask my wife to read over my posts), but we can also just drop something on the blog.
Editors help. Some famous editors have passed away in recent months, and their passing is noticed by the literary world (click here or here for examples). Of course, sometimes editors make changes that writers do not want. But, since editors usually have the final say, the writers usually have to go along with it.
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