|Relations with Editors
An editor is the go-between who connects writers with readers. He has a relation
with each side of the equation.
As a writer you need to understand that the editor you
are dealing with has been vetted by higher-ups and is fully committed to the
success of the magazine. That's one reason why it's always recommended
that you read back issues. It's the editor's way of saying,
"this is what works best for our audience."
I can speak from experience and state that editors love a
writer who takes as much responsibility for the copy as
she can. Editors, contrary to the notion writers may have,
do not like to edit. It creates all kinds of problems when
there are deadlines to meet and a lot of copy to edit.
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Editors are people as well. If you treat them with
respect and don't get pissy or into a
power struggle, the relation can work out. Remember that
the editor is not looking for the best writing or writer.
He is looking for the best writing for his audience. That
is the responsibility of the editor. And the responsibility
of the writer is to get to the right market that has
secured the right audience.
Too often the contract or freelance writer feels
powerless outside the protection of a large organization.
This can strain the relation between editor and writer.
The editor has a large budget, a generous support
group, and many submissions to choose from. The writer
should do everything in her power to deal with editors
on an equal basis.
Approaches to editors that work:
- Be honest in your
dealings with them.
- Ask questions if there is a problem
with an assignment.
- Turn in the piece of writing that you
said you were going to turn in.
- Be courteous and respectful
of the editor's time.
Other factors that equalize the relation between editor
and writer: Possess as much information and knowledge
about what rights are bundled with your copyright, study
the publication you are dealing with, and understand
the art of negotiation. If those are in place, then
you will deal with an editor on an even playing field.
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Most editors are not frustrated writers who want to
seek revenge for their lack of success as writers.
Editors want to produce an excellent publication and
know the key is to purchase wonderful writing.
I still get startled when writers treat me as an editor on
my ezine. And it sharpens the distinction between the
role of editor and the role of writer. The Net has
permitted me to play both roles and I'm thankful. I think.
At least the adventure has given me valuable insights into
what an editor tries to do.
Well, I am an editor and make decisions on their
The editor is straddling between the needs of his readers
and his own response to written pieces. Most editors don't
like the inhuman relation that develops in publishing. They
wants to develop professional relations with
writers who constantly deliver good writing.
The relationship is fraught with peril on newspapers.
These relationships are important in the technical writing
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It's apparent that the more writers and editors meet
face-to-face at conferences and seminars, the better is
the understanding between them. The greater are the chances
an editor will remember a writer who they have met
personally, even though their professional relationship is
through paper or e-mail.
Written by David Eide, Sunoasis.com
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