For most of my career I've worked as a writer and while I did edit my work, other people were responsible for the final product. They gave me suggestions to improve the text, edited the content and the language and proof-read and generally made my words shine.
I'm not married to my words, so usually I'd just move on to the next story and the next one, noting that the final product reads and looks much better than what I started with but not thinking too hard about the work that went into the process.
Now as a publisher ( for own materials and other people's), I'm finally putting in the work that editors and publishers I worked with put in. And damn! It's harder work than I realised.
Maybe my perspective is skewed by the fact that, writing for me does not equal bleeding, but I'm starting to think that putting the words on the screen/paper is the easy part of the publishing process. If I had to choose, I'd rather spend all my work time researching and writing stories and having someone else edit, publish and promote my work. But the business of writing and publishing rarely allows for that luxury.
P.S. A big thank you to Keitu Reid for helping me fall in love with a couple of children's stories I wrote all over again. Keitu, I'm going to send you another one to read. I laughed out loud when I read it and I hope that in future, parents and children who read the story will also laugh with me.