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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!


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.


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. :-)



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