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March 11, 2013


Great piece. I had a horrible experience w/an editor. I turned in my piece on time and at word count (400). A few months later the editor asked me to change the focus of the piece. I turned it around quickly. Months after that I was asked to change the focus again,which I did. A few months later the editor sent me text w/her revisions: 88 words and a factual error in every sentence! Fortunately I had already been paid for the longer piece.

I have had many more good editors than bad ones, but I've had my share of the nutty, ill-mannered, tin-eared kind, too. You've done us a service by flashing a light on this aspect of the writing business.

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"After You've Gone"
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as I enter
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