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Read all the editors' answers to Duotrope's interview question: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you? Learn more.
Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 1,875 editors.
Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?
A: It's usually just me reading submissions, and some days I'm more overrun than others.
A: We remove all distractions and take the time necessary to evaluate our submissions.
A: Days vary but typically include reading pitches, reading submitted articles, responding to pitches, responding to articles, keeping up on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, going to meetings and webinars, copyediting articles that will soon run on the site.
A: I work full-time, and WTR is a labor of love, so I usually read submissions on my lunch break or outside of work hours, but I try not to comment until the other editors have had a chance to weigh in. All submissions are sent via Submittable, so once a submission has been read, the editor will label it with her name. This is when it appears in the submitter's queue as "in progress." The editors and I have a conversation in the editorial comment section about which pieces we most admire. The editors will often let me know, if we choose to decline, which pieces came close for them, and I pass that information along to the author. When we've chosen to pass on a submission, I try to let the writer know as soon as possible. If we are interested in a submission, it's sometimes placed in a holding pattern until I see how the overall issue is coming together. Either way, I try to respond within three months. I'm a writer sending work into the world, and I am impatient with long response times, too.
A: Because Mother’s Day Magazine is a top-ranked site on Google, I get multiple pitches every week. If I’m interested in a pitch, I work with the writer to finalize the article idea. Next, I ask the writer to send me a high level outline. After that, she sends me the draft. After the content is finalized, it’s published on the Mother’s Day Magazine site.
A: Our editors are writers and educators, all with full-time jobs outside of our publishing efforts. As such, sometimes deadlines are flexible. This is a labor of love for us.
A: I am a full-time teacher and, though my kids are now in their 20s and independent, I still revert back to single parenting when they're sick, in an emotional crisis, or need something (usually money), so the process is divvied up between very early morning, weekends and holidays.
A: Lots of reading, lots of decisions, some waiting, some collaborating, final decision.
A: I began TSWIHV sitting at my favorite wooden desk at home, and the matter remains the same now. I find the inspiration to read all my submissions in the mornings with a fine cup of Tim Horton's coffee. Lo-fi music plays in the background, and my plants keep me company, while at times, my English Bulldog, Ellie, snores perpetually.
A: Leave me a few secrets...
A: I love spreadsheets, so we use a lot of those. All submissions are sent via email, and they are placed into one of three folders: Prose, Poetry, or Visual Arts. I add the piece to our handy-dandy spreadsheet (without the writer's/artist's name). Our editors read (or look at) the submissions; rate each piece out of 5 for mechanics, truth, purpose, and voice; add any comments; and then recommend yes or no. If a piece gets mixed reviews, we meet (virtually for now!) and discuss the piece to come to an agreement. Then I send an acceptance email!