Writing is a very personal business, and entrusting someone with your manuscript can be a daunting prospect. It feels appropriate therefore, to set out the principles that guide me and the values I hold personally. You may judge me by them and hold me to them.
I will earn the trust placed in me.
I will be guided by the needs of my clients.
I will continue to pursue professional development.
The Working Partnership Promise
For my part, I promise that
I will ensure mutual understanding.
I will complete all my work in good time.
I will maintain a strong line of communication.
I will act with integrity, warmth, and professionalism.
I will always give the client the final choice. It is their book.
I will be clear and honest in my advice for elevating the project.
I value inclusivity, honesty, friendship, equity, integrity; I value people who act with sincerity and with honour; I value the scientific method, accountability, people with the humbleness to admit mistakes, and who seek to learn from them.
I favour nuanced and evidence-led discussion over tub-thumping and uninformed opinion. However, there are some issues which I deem entirely binary. There is no middle ground when lives hang in the balance, so let me be very clear:
If a would-be client rejects
the equality of women
the assertion that Love is Love
the assertion that Black Lives Matter
the inherent human value of disabled people
the assertion that Trans Rights are Human Rights
whether they are actively sowing division and hatred, or simply promulgating harmful conspiracy theories, I would respectfully ask that they seek a different editor. I have no duty nor obligation to work with such people, and I choose not to.
I want my business to be successful, but not at the cost of my soul. I love the fact that self-employment allows me to live by my values, shaping the business accordingly. I have no doubt that I will be reflecting upon and refining this page over time, but in the meantime, I’m curious…
What does ‘living your values’ mean to you? Have you ever written them down, thought about them, considered where they may conflict and how to resolve such discrepancies – whether in business or your personal lives? I sometimes feel we cling to rectitude, but fail to be introspective. What do you think?
We can chat in the Comments below.
If you are interested in how I handle difficult moments with clients, you may wish to read Seeking Resolution.
If you value my way of working but are worried about the cost, then Channelling the Flow may set your mind at ease.