The Seesaw

So every once in a while, I run into something that reminds me why it is always important to remain humble. Last week, a past client of mine told me that her book had received negative feedback from several nationally syndicated radio shows. More specifically, one radio show told her flat out, “It was poorly edited.” Hold up! Wait a minute! Stop the presses! That would be a direct blow to me, not the author. I was flabbergasted, floored, and totally disturbed! I asked her to give me a copy of the finished product. When I looked at the manuscript, it wasn’t so much that she had spelling or grammatical errors, but that she had broken some rules in the writing industry that made her book look like it had not been professionally edited. For example, she wanted some words uppercase in the middle of sentences, she wanted some things bold, and even wanted some things bold, italicized and capitalized! Now as an editor, I edit, but at the end of the day, I have to give the authors what they ask for. She wanted these things this way for extra emphasis, so she said. But that had backfired on her, and me! But the words “poorly edited” are what stuck with me for a few days. I began to doubt that I should even be doing this. I began to second guess every other book that I had edited. This was the first time any of my clients had given me negative feedback so I was a tad fearful to even take another project at that point. I volunteered to re-edit the manuscript and this time, I am making the changes I know fall in line with the industry standards. If she wants to do something different after I send her the final this time around, I’m asking that she remove my name from the book as the editor.

Sometimes, the very thing that we love to do, have been doing for years and you know that you are called to do, will be tested and tried. And somewhere along the lines, your self-esteem and confidence may take a blow. It’s like being on a seesaw. At one point, you are sitting high. But as soon as someone comes and puts pressure on the other side, you are down. And this is a cycle that can continue for as long as you let it, until you choose to just get off the seesaw. Whatever you are doing, don’t quit. Don’t let other people’s negative comments and/or perceptions of what you do affect what you do. Hold your head up high. Dust yourself off. And keep it moving. There is work to be done and there is work that only you can do. Get off the seesaw and get to work!


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8 thoughts on “The Seesaw

  1. Roderic Lane says:

    Very well written. I feel your pain, just keep your head up and keep pushing forward.

  2. mishel says:

    So proud of you, daughter!!

  3. Akia says:

    Awesome post! I sure can relate to this in a lot of different areas.

  4. Vanessa Lynn says:

    Awesome and thanks for being transparent, even if you did a stellar editing job, when you are in a national spot light you will have those that aren’t a fan of your work and it’s never cause to be discouraged it’s just a part of the business!

  5. tcb2b7 says:

    Thanks guys! And yes Vanessa, gotta keep moving on! One monkey won’t stop this show. Live and learn and it all makes me better as a business owner.

  6. Kisha Emanuel-Durrell says:

    I really enjoyed your article, keep up the good work and the next time you find yourself on the see-saw you be the one to get off first.

  7. Nicole Williams says:

    Really enjoyed. I’m very proud of you. This has been your passion since we were kids. I can’t wait to see you make it and I can tell every one that’s my friend.

  8. tcb2b7 says:

    Aww thanks Nicole!!! You’ve always been there and we’ll always be girls, even if miles apart! Love you to pieces and I’ll see you at the top cause you’ll be right there with me!

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