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6 Ways to Make the Revision Process Stress-Free

How writers can stay cool, calm and corrected from pitch to publish

- July 2, 2012
Magazine editors may not use red pens to edit articles anymore, but they still find a way to rip up your work. At first look, the article you spent hours perfecting may seem like a gigantic failure. The truth is, however, that editing is a natural part of the writing process.

Janene Mascarella didn't know that as a newbie. She turned in an assignment and was shocked when the article came back with battle scars -- several editors were bickering via comments, and the ladies got unladylike. "I felt very belittled. Some of the things they were writing were a little catty. I actually started to cry," admitted Mascarella, who has published articles in WeightWatchers and Family Circle. She emailed the editor, who realized she had not sent Mascarella an edited version of the marked-up document.

Hopefully you never have to see what really goes on as editors clash about your work, but you will likely have to revise pieces. Luckily, these tips can help you navigate the process....

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