Re: "Personal" question(s) to John Jarrold
I've always had a very good memory, which is extemely useful for an editor - seeing blue eyes on p.20, and grey eyes on p.300, for instance!
But I always read a book I edit at least three times. First time as a normal reader, only stopping to mark something if it really trips me up; second time, much more slowly, as an editor, making editorial comments about every page if necessary. Then I put it away for a couple of days before reading my notes, then read through again for final queries, looking in particular at the big picture - how the plotlines and characters work, when scenes go on too long and slow down the pacing - or sometimes where scenes should be longer...stuff like that.
I hope that helps somewhat...