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What’s Up for Discussion on #editorchat on 2/25

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In order to work more efficiently together, editors and writers need to be on the same page (pardon the pun) at the beginning of an assignment.  But sometimes even with clear direction, things can go awry.  We want to talk about how to deal with the issues that arise when editors change their minds, or are pressured to form-fit a completed story into another medium (such as from print to web), or even to make a book more of-the-moment and saleable.
So here’s what we’ve been pondering since the last #editorchat:

What do you do when a story won’t die? By this we mean, when the writer and editor can’t agree on a finished product. Either something expected is missing in the turned-in piece, or, the story’s direction has changed.

Common wisdom among writers says it’s career suicide to confront an editor when a story or book project won’t die. Is it really?

Shouldn’t an editor be accountable when they change the direction of an assignment after completion?

What is the best way to initiate a discussion when an editor and writer don’t see eye-to-eye?

What does a book author do when an agent or editor says their MS is good but needs a new direction in order to be saleable.

As always we welcome other questions and suggestions, just drop them into the comment box below.


Written by LydiaBreakfast

February 25, 2009 at 1:19 pm

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