The editor/author relationship is based on trust.
An editor should not divulge any information about an author’s manuscript to any other party. In this relationship, the important thing is the manuscript. The editor and author have a common goal: to make the manuscript as good as it can be. That is all that matters.
Communication needs to be open, honest and timely. Clear expectations should be understood from the beginning of the process:
– What level of editing is required – structural, copy edit and/or proofreading.
– What format will be used – digital using MS Word’s track changes feature or hard copy markup.
– What style guide or practices will be followed – e.g. Australian spelling, minimal capitalisation, etc.
– Who is the intended audience?
A good editor should provide suggestions to problems with the manuscript and not interfere with the author’s voice.