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    Freelance Writing: The Value of the Editor


    The editor is an important member of any publication. Among other things, the editor acts as a gatekeeper, in addition to editing your articles.

    Some writers hate editors because they are afraid that if the editor changes their copy, he/she will destroy the integrity of their work.

    The reality is a different story. The editor is your best friend. He/she can teach you things about your writing that you might not learn any other way. If you are fortunate, you might find an editor who will quickly discover what your strengths are as a writer and will help you refine your craft.

    This was my experience when I was writing technical articles for a magazine called: The Computer Paper. There, the editor took me under his wing and informed me that my greatest strength was as a “how-to writer” and helped steer me in that direction.

    Always Over Deliver

    When you write articles, make sure you give them more than they asked for. If the magazine asks for a word count of 1,000, I recommend adding 10-20% more. This is my standard policy. They can always edit the article, if necessary.

    Thanking the Editor

    When you send in an article, thank the editor for the writing opportunity. If they have any suggestions or corrections, ask them to let you know. This shows you as a professional and, more importantly, that you are open to course corrections, if necessary.

    When writing for a new publication, you might have to go back and forth on your first few articles until you get a feeling for their style.

    When to Call an Editor

    Some writers say that you should never call an editor. I disagree. Your editor is a human being like you. Be aware that the editor will truly appreciate it if you can make his/her life easier. If you feel you have a great idea, call the editor. It can be very effective in winning assignments.

    Note: Do not make the mistake of putting the editor on a pedestal. That puts you in a subservient position which is unwise.

    This concludes this except. The full chapter with interview examples is in my book: Secrets of Profitable Freelance Writing

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