Why isn’t your super-polished pitch getting any replies? Why does it take that editor three weeks to give you even basic feedback?
And for crying out loud, what do they have against the Oxford comma? As freelance writers, we’ve all been there. But we have to remember that editors are people, too. (Someone put that on a T-shirt!) and they have to keep their client’s best interest front and center.
In this week’s post, Nikita Ross, a writer turned editor, shares a few lessons about what writers should know about editors … and vice versa.
If there is one thing I’ve learned during my career as a writer, it’s that cultivating a relationship with an editor can be challenging. There’s the initial fear of pitching to someone who will judge your work, interacting with different personalities, and managing expectations. At one point, I thought working with different editors was going to be the biggest challenge of my career.
Then I became one.
Rather than being a solo ghostwriter working with a few different editors, I became an editor judging other people’s work, working with even more different personalities, and managing more expectations.
The plus side? Being the editor for two publications has given me a glimpse behind the curtain and improved my writing. It also gave me an interesting perspective on how many talented writers don’t have the business savvy they need to get ahead in the freelance industry.
Without further ado, here’s what I learned about writing from becoming an editor: