Even I can't escape Mr. Hyde. When I finish writing an article, I leave it for Eric the Editor to take a hack at it the next day. That Eric is a totally different journalist from the writer, challenging every phrase with the intensity of a komodo dragon and the tenacity of a polar bear.
I'm a good copy editor. I'm a great substantive editor. I'm the best copyfit editor I've ever encountered. I've worked extensively with Associated Press and Chicago Manual styles, and I've had some experience with APA style, and whenever I manage a publication I establish both an organization-specific stylebook and production manual.
However, my editing skills go beyond wielding a No. 2 pencil and working the delete key. The species of editor I'm most identified with is the managing editor, providing vision and guidance for a publication or article, assisting and supporting the writer or designer at work, and serving as a mentor and teacher when asked.
Watching a good editor at work is like watching a blues guitarist manage his frets or an architect draw up her schematics. Unlike those artists, editors really can't provide credible samples of their singular skills. Even the issues of The Officer that I edited, linked on the Project Manager page of this website, are collaborative efforts.
Jeanne Kouhestani, Associate Editor, The Officer