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July 01, 2007

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Comment 1: Hubris, pure and simple. I know I'm a good writer, but I also know that with good editing, I'm a great writer. Case in point:

Several weeks ago, I got an assignment to write an introductory article for a fairly high-profile website. I wrote the rough draft up in a n hour or two, then let it bake for a bit at 350.

A few days later, I took a look at it, and when I stopped vomiting, did a few re-writes. Then I sent it to people I trust to edit me brutally and with no sparing of the rod.

Got their comments, did the rewrites again and lo and behold! It was an article!

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Comment 2: Depends on the situation. A good editor brings great joy, but a bad editor.... Case in point:

I was hired to do a review for a magazine, sight unseen. I read some of their work, they never read mine. They asked me to do review a fairly standard anime. Nothing that really stood out as great. I tried to find things to like about it, and talked alot about the shiny colors and great choreography at the climactic moments - which were indeed the series best moments.

The editor came back with no coherent comments at all, excpet a general dislike of the tone and he requested that I use "wowee-pazowee" somewhere in the article. I rewrote the article with a big grin on my face, while pretending to be a guiless twelve year old. His only comment? "Where's wowee-pazowee?" The end article was NOTHING like what I had written for any of the iterations, and the sidebar was full of egregious errors due to excrebal editing. The worst thing, though, was that because I had to mail them from my day job address, they actually wrote a bio based on that, without asking me, and included a wildly inappropriate Viagra joke as part of the bio. I took the check, cashed it and tried to wipe the whole thing from my mind.

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And an editor, publisher and writer, I've been on every side of this controversy possible.

To sum up - I bet that there's at least a few typos in this comment - and a good editor would have found a way to make the whole thing better. :-)

Cheers,

Erica

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