Nice column, Steven.
Seems you've covered a series of "how not to approach an editor" examples, and "how not to respond to editorial feedback" in this article. Let's flip the script a bit....
For your own writing and comic projects, at what point to YOU decide to get an editor involved? And as an editor, what work would you like to see the writer already have done prior to working with him?
Obviously, you feel strongly that you want to be involved prior to pencil being laid to paper. But at what point are you comfortable jumping on a project?