Great book editors are difficult to find and my publishing biz has reached the point where we can’t meet all our editorial requirements in-house. So we recently put a call out to the local publishing industry seeking freelance editors. All respondents sat an improv editing test aimed at helping us qualify their stated experience against a benchmark-able work.

One of the respondents reasonably sought some feedback, which was provided. But the individual then proceeded to seek further advice and seemed not to understand that we’re not a free advice bank.

We sought a solution to a problem, not the creation of a new one.

This person’s error? Asking one question too many! When presenting yourself as a professional, appearing to not know enough about your stated area of expertise will do more damage than good.