Five Types of Problem Editor

My column over at CJR today is about five types of problem writer. But I know this is a two-way street, so I figured I’d call out some types of problem editor, too:

The Sadist. She makes all sorts of unnecessary changes to your copy and leaves the meanest comments. Maybe she’s just asserting her authority or something?

The Brat. He refuses to acknowledge that sometimes it takes awhile to get sources to call you back.

The Demanding Mother. She tells you it’s wrong, but gives no indication as to how to make it right.

The Wannabe. He rewrites everything for the sake of using his own voice. Clearly wishes he were a writer.

The Sloth. She doesn’t change a goddamn thing. Makes you want to reply, are you sure you’re an editor?

Oh, and this CJR column is a weekly thing! You can submit questions. Please do: editorrealtalk@gmail.com

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