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Interview With Susan Hughes: Editor Par Excellence

Fiza Pathan interviewed Editor Susan Hughes, and one of her questions was:  “What is the editor’s relationship to the writer?. Susan Hughes explained:

“It’s very important for the editor and the writer to become a team in order for the edit to be successful.As an editor, however, I accept the fact that I’m not the captain of the team.  I’m not the one who wrote the words or spent hours enveloped in the creative process.  The editor begins with a secondary role and then works to build that trust with the writer that will eventually level the playing field a bit.”  Read the whole interview here.

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Hi Susan, can you describe for us what an “ideal” editor does?
An ideal editor is one who forms a bond and a level of trust with the writer, enabling the writer to have the confidence to hand over his/her precious words—to an absolute stranger!  That trust is built through prompt, friendly communication. Writers have lots of questions about editing, and an ideal editor will be there daily to answer those questions, even before the edit begins.  Then comes the edit itself, and if the bond has been formed, it will be a positive, rewarding, and successful experience for both writer and editor and will hopefully lead to a long working relationship and friendship between the two parties.

 What constitutes a successful edit?
Great question! I feel an edit is a success if the writer is satisfied with the end product. The icing on the cake, however…

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Posted by on March 15, 2014 in editing, Marketing

 

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77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected

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77-Reasons-Why-Your-Book-Was-Rejected-Nappa-Mike-978140225412377 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected

Written by Mike Nappa, available as e-book and print book at Amazon. The author’s experiences as acquisitions editor, marketing copywriter, and literary agent uniquely qualify him to write on this topic. He is also the author of more than 40 books and received more than 2,000 book rejections during his writing career!
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The book is divided into three sections: Editorial, Marketing and Sales Reasons for Rejection.  Starting with: “It takes less than a minute to reject your book” (by big publishers that is) Mike Nappa goes on with all the legitimate and also the silliest reasons your manuscript or book idea might be rejected.

As an author you might be able to work on many, such as marketing and your platform and following, however some of the reasons have nothing to do with the quality of your writing. 

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An editor is going to look at your proposal – and if it doesn’t meet certain editorial standards, it will go no farther. If it passes basic editorial scrutiny, an editor will then consider whether you have done your “marketing” homework — analyzed and defined your audience, established a platform, shown that you know how and why this book will sell. From there, the editor will need to convince the publisher that they can sell this book, and sell enough to merit the investment in its publication.
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Perhaps the clearest message that emerges from this book is that getting published is a lot of work. The job doesn’t end when you finish writing the last chapter. Publishers are in the business of selling a product, and it’s your job to convince them that your book will sell.
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Or maybe you will decide to author publish. After all you have to do your book marketing anyway, even if your book is accepted by a commercial publisher. “Success is the best revenge”  .

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Full-Time Writer Positions in MD and UT

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Writer-Editor, Fort Meade, MD

Develop, write, and edit feature news articles about the activities and actions of military and DoD civilians serving at locations worldwide, reporting on and interpreting a variety of subjects. Deadline September 4, 2012.
http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/324235300

 

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Writer, Salt Lake City, UT

Responsible for; writing, editing, and proofreading marketing-related material including but not limited to; ads, press releases, product packaging and positioning copy. Bachelor’s degree in Communications, PR, English, Journalism or similar field. 3-5 years of writing or editing experience.
Strong written communication skills for both web and print format. Scientific, medical, pharmaceutical, or technical background preferred.
http://jobview.monster.com/getjob.aspx?JobID=113671421&JDNJobDocument.JobID=63036459

 

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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Writing Positions

 

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Writing Positions in CA, NC, MD and VA

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Writer/Editor/Journalist, Hollywood CA
The USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center’s Hollywood, Health & Society program seeks an experienced writer/editor/journalist to write and edit all copy for program press releases, pamphlets, presentations, and websites. The position will also maintain the Hollywood, Health & Society website using the Drupal content management system and coordinate the production of all graphic design elements (for the website, printed materials, and presentations?subcontracting out work when beyond the expertise of the writer/editor). This position will also be in charge of updating and maintaining Hollywood, Health & Society’s social media accounts, as well as digitizing and editing video clip reels.
Writes and edits documents for University, school, and/or department, such as advertising copy, articles, books, brochures, bulletins, catalogs, letters, manuals and/or other training materials, newsletters, press releases, programs, proposals, speeches, technical reports, theses, etc. Identifies and determines topics or subjects for various projects.
https://jobs.usc.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1340199617652

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Editor/Writer, Hollywood CA
USC’s Health Sciences Public Relations and Marketing office is seeking a skilled communicator for an exciting opportunity supporting the Keck School of Medicine and the USC Academic Medical Center. The Editor/Writer position is responsible for a broad scope of communications and publications, both print and web, related to the Keck School and affiliated programs within the USC Academic Medical Center.
Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Bachelor’s degree
Minimum Experience: 3 years  Experience with writing, editing, proofreading, and the preparation of materials for publication. Salary $26-27/hour  *** This is a Fixed-Term position through October 5, 2012 ***
https://jobs.usc.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1340199617652

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Business Writer, Greensboro, NC
Our account list includes some of the North America’s most successful brands – including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Southwest Airlines, USAirways,Verizon Wireless, Wells Fargo and Walmart.This position will oversee day-to-day workflow of editorial process, from assigning copy through editing, copyediting, fact checking, posting in WordPress and QA. Keeps team aware of schedule/schedule changes. Works closely with edit, art, account and development teams to achieve quality products and produce quality projects. Must work in the Greensboro Office.
http://www.pacecommunications.com/careers/

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Policy Writer for Norfolk VA and Columbia MD
Experienced policy writer to edit, write, standardize, research and authenticate policies and procedures in addition to training manuals, handbooks, and supporting documentation for print and online media. Selected candidate will also make editorial and aesthetic improvements to documents and recommend new designs, layouts, and procedures. Working knowledge and understanding of federal, state, and local health care regulations (e.g. HIPPAA), health care compliance policies/practices/systems.
Minimum Job requirements:
· 4 years of exp. technical writing and/or hands-on regulatory or public policy development (including the writing and editing of policies)
· 4 year or clinical degree or equivalent experience, (Bachelor’s in English, Communications, or Journalism and/or certification in technical writing, professional procedure writing preferred)
· Proficient w/MS Office and Adobe Acrobat
https://kellycareernetwork.tms.hrdepartment.com/jobs/133805/Policy-Writer-Norfolk-VA

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What is the Salary of an Editor, Reporter or Columnist?

 

In one sentence: Less than you might have thought… Let’s start with the highest salaries.

The EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, the highest editorial position, is supposed to have complete control over every department of his publication, except the business one. He decides the editorial policy and how to maintain it. The editors-in-chief of newspapers draw salaries from $50,000 to $90,000 a year. The average salary of the large city editor-in-chief is not far from $110,000.

The MANAGING EDITOR is next to the editor-in-chief. He is the executive officer. Under the editor-in-chief, he actively carries out the policy of the publication. Managing editors receive annual salaries from 10 to 25 percent less than what editors-in-chief earn.

EDITORIAL WRITERS are journalists who do the bulk of the editorial work of the publication. Because of the convenience of the Internet, some editorial writers work at home. Writers who work remotely a few days out of the week are paid by a salary, or by the column inch. It is common nowadays for a daily newspaper to have a number of editors-at-large, each one a specialist in one specific department. Editorial writers in large cities may draw salaries of from $25,00 to $35,000 a year. Probably few ever receive more than $45,000. Special editorial writers, who give but a part of their day, receive space rates or by the column—they earn salaries from $8,000 to $12,000 a year.

The CITY EDITOR of a newspaper or regional news website oversees the local reporters. The city editor must understand timely topics and what his readers want to read. The city editors of large papers and news organizations, online and offline, receive anywhere from $40,000 to $51,000 a year.

HEADLINE WRITERS are responsible for the headings of articles and news, and the writing these headlines is very important work. They get anywhere from $25,000 to $44,000 a year. If a newspaper or magazine decides not to employ headline writers, then the editors, copy editors and writers work the headlines.

LITERARY WRITERS and FREELANCE WRITERS are responsible for special columns, book reviews and other cultural arts articles. They mostly work away from the newspaper office. Their salaries run from $10,000 to $20,000 a year, the average being not far from $12,000.

DESK EDITORS are readers and correctors of manuscript of every kind and class. They must, first of all, be good grammarians and users of pure English, and also possess much discretion. On great dailies these editors draw salaries of from $30,000 to $45,000 a year.

COLUMNISTS, those who write by the column and are paid for what is printed, receive from $25 to $75 a column.

REPORTERS on large newspapers are paid from $200 to $700 a week; the average pay is no more than $500 a week. A first-class, competent reporter may earn up to $600 a week.

A COUNTRY EDITORS’ average income is from $35,000 to $55,000 a year. The maximum income of a country editor and proprietor does not exceed $85,000, except in rare cases. Many country editors earn about $45,000 annually.

Read the whole article by Justin C. Baker:
Editorial Positions and Annual Salaries at Small and Large Newspapers

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77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected

77 Reasons77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected
by Mike Nappa, available as e-book and paper book at Amazon.

The author’s experiences as acquisitions editor, marketing copywriter, and literary agent uniquely qualify  him to write on this topic. The book is divided into three sections: Editorial , Marketing  and Sales Reasons for Rejection.

An editor is going to look at your proposal – and if it doesn’t meet certain editorial standards, it will go no farther. If it passes basic editorial scrutiny, an editor will then consider whether you’ve done your “marketing” homework — analyzed and defined your audience, established a platform, shown that you know how and why this book will sell. From there, the editor will need to convince the publisher that they can sell this book, and sell enough to merit the investment in its publication.

Perhaps the clearest message that emerges from this book is that getting published is a lot of work. The job doesn’t end when you finish writing the last chapter. Publishers are in the business of selling a product, and it’s your job to convince them that your book will sell.

Or maybe you will decide to go it on your own. After all you have to do your book marketing anyway, even if your book is accepted by a commercial publisher.

 

 

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