Arthur Thares

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  1. Robyn
    03/30/2015 @ 20:27 PM

    Hi, thanks for your article. I found it really informative.
    I have been in the editing chair for newspapers and editors have a very small window of time to do everything they have to do, including overseeing other people’s work.
    I am sympathetic to your experience, I really am and I have been reduced to tears myself especially in my early years by editors and chief reporters whose job it was to get me up to speed, but I was always taught as a journalist, that the work has to be in as pristine condition as possible before you send it to your editor, as they work to very close deadlines in all publishing.
    Sorry to agree with your editor, but they honestly don’t have time to check or rework other people’s work, or they may as well do it themselves.
    I do understand how it can be so frustrating to be sent away to check and recheck or rewrite your work that you have spent a significant amount of time sourcing, researching and writing but believe me, you will learn more from those ‘hard ass’ editors than you will from anyone else in your career. They are difficult to work under, but sift out of their difficult attitude everything you can to help hone down your contributions. The more you learn about it, the more you will get to enjoy something you already consider a passion.
    I do agree that people don’t have to be condescending or nasty when they deliver a rev up to writers!
    I think you’re a great writer, by the way! Best of luck with it all.

    • afwriter
      03/30/2015 @ 21:36 PM

      Thank you for your comment and your compliment!

      • Gail Gardner
        10/20/2015 @ 21:30 PM

        Well yes and no. I know excellent writers who are editors in their own right and the only time I ever see errors in their published content is when the “editor” of that site added the errors. Not all editors are extremely qualified and they are not always right.

        So maybe his work needed editing and maybe it didn’t. The thing to do in that situation is have another writer or two you admire read it and see if they can find anything that needs correcting. That way you know whether it is the writer or the editor.

        One very famous site actually takes content apart and puts it back together by committee, so that my favorite writers’ content on that site is never quite as good as what they write for other sites. That site is highly successful, so I guess rearranging content and changing the meaning works for them (although for their writers – not so much).

        That is why I have never submitted content to them. I am fine with editors improving my work, but not with having my name put on content that is no longer mine as I wrote it.

  2. MarkRMorrisJr
    09/21/2015 @ 14:06 PM

    In most cases, the editor will actually tell you what you did wrong. That’s their job, with a blog mutt editor, meh, who really cares? You are risking all of $8 an 20 minutes of work, but in many cases you may have to play along. Editors, like referees are always right, even when they’re not and even winning disputes with editors -I have won a number on various platforms mostly with less than knowledgeable editors who questioned the validity of my information- it can come back to bite you. In most cases, not being able to use that one sample after making the stupid change they have requested, is no big deal, I find it much easier to make them happy, get paid, then move on.