Why editors are held in awe (...back when they still were)
"Certainly there seems no justification for the traditional awe in which editors are held by so great a majority of people.... Partly it is a 'hangover' from a past age when editors better earned an atmosphere of awe as individual molders of public opinion, and partly it is due to people's insistence on regarding with a peculiar and undiscriminating reverence anybody or any thing connected, however remotely, with 'literature.'" — Arthur Sullivant Hoffman, in his 1922 book, "Fundamentals of Fiction Writing." Hoffman was the editor of Adventure magazine.