22 June 2013

Discretion in substantive editing.

A light editorial hand is nearly always more effective than a heavy one.  An experienced editor will recognize and not tamper with unusual figures of speech or idiomatic usage and will know when to make an editorial change and when simply to suggest it, whether to delete a repetition or an unnecessary recapitulation or simply to point it out to the author, and how to suggest tactfully that an expression may be inappropriate.  An author's own style should be respected, whether flamboyant or pedestrian.

Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition, 2.48