This was possibly the nicest thing ever said to me, by a reporter whose piece I edited last month. According to a friend, being edited by me is sort of like getting the body scrub at the Korean spa: There will likely be moments of what-did-I-get-myself-into discomfort, but your skin feels great afterward. I had that body scrub recently. Just when I thought it couldn’t get better, the lady WASHED MY HAIR! It was awesome.
I won’t wash your hair, but I am happy to scrub the dead skin right out of your copy. Lots of writers send me their work before they ship it off to their editor, their book agent, the op-ed editor. I can do the same for you, if you’d like. It might be more challenge than you get from your regular editor, but you want that, right?