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Do you read your published articles?
Posted - 10/6/2013 11:34:01 PM | show profile | flag this post
I haven't been recently because I've been too busy (a good problem to have I guess). But then I just stumbled across a piece in which the editor totally changed my lede, and well...ouch. She's assigned to me since so I guess it was no big deal. But I'm wondering if I should be more diligent about reading what gets pubbed to see if I can learn something from the changes. IE if my lede is changed in EVERY piece, it must need some love going forward.
Or is it just a waste of my time because stories get edited for a variety of reasons (length, to avoid reps with other pieces, editors' personal preferences, etc) and at best I'll be happy with the lack of changes, but at worst annoyed by the edits but left with nothing that can be done?
I typed this up fast because I'm actually on deadline. But would really really love to hear what works for you. Maybe it's about engaging my editors more during the writing process? Even if they don't ask for rewrites, following up to see if they'd like any tweaks? What do you do?
Posted - 10/7/2013 12:32:26 PM | show profile | flag this post
The editors I currently write for send me rewrites or edits ( usually just one) and we work together during the editing process. These are newspaper editors. I'm surprised you don't read your published pieces.
Posted - 10/8/2013 11:01:32 PM | show profile | flag this post
When you're starting out, it's a good idea to see what changes editors make to learn from them.
At this point in my career, I rarely read the published pieces. Most of the time, my pieces just go through with minimal tweaking. Occasionally, an editor will kick something back to me.
At a certain point, you become experienced enough to judge an editor's changes. For the most part, I find editors' changes either improve the piece or are neutral - not better or worse than I did, just different. Occasionally, I find editors make a poor decision. I have a couple of editors who ask me to read their edits and stress they want me to chime in on anything I disagree with, and sometimes I'll change their edits back.