5 Things Editors Should Never Say to Writers

Some editors work closely with the writers they hire. Others only speak with their writers when they absolutely have to. And still other editors evolve into a mentorship relationship with some of their writers. No matter what type of relationship an editor has with the writers who work for her, there are some things an editor should never say to a writer:

1. Never Talk About Another Writer’s Faults.
It’s not ever right to talk about another person’s faults. It’s unprofessional and the writer you’re confiding in may begin to wonder what you’re saying about him behind his back.

2. Never Promise a Writer an Assignment in Advance.
Never, ever, ever promise a writer an assignment in advance because it if doesn’t come through, your name will be mud with that writer and with every writers he knows.

3. Never Say You’ll Let a Writer Review Her Work Prior to Publication.
Most editors already know this, however, sometimes they get chummy with their favorite writers and try to do favors for them. Most publications have an unwritten rule that writers, especially freelance writers do not get to review their articles prior to publication. They have this rule for a reason. Adhere to it.

4. Never say, “Sure, I’ll Give You a Raise.”
Only promise a raise if you are certain that the company is going to back you on this.

5. Do Not EVER Promise a Writer a Specific Amount of Work Every Month.
Not only will the writer believe what you say, he will depend on that income and be very disappointed if he doesn’t receive the assignments and the income.

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