You know that editing is an obscure craft, something about commas and the semicolon and words like preterite. You will have a better understanding of what we do after I explain to you what kind of people we are.
Editors are, as Flanders and Swann sing in their song about the English, “clever and modest and misunderstood.”
You probably think of editors as nerds, and you are right. Editors are the kind of people who will be up at nine o’clock on a Saturday morning at a conference to hear a lexicographer talk about syllabification.
Editors are introverts who do not fret at anonymity but luxuriate in it. (But in groups, at a bar, sharing stories late into the night …)
Editors are smart people who know a little about many things and a lot about a few things.