When editors make misteaks

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editors make mistakesDr. Freelance, I submitted an error-free article to a magazine, only to discover that mistakes were added to it sometime before publication! Since I’m relatively new to freelance writing, this is particularly embarrassing and painful, since I will find myself explaining the typos to potential clients and editors that I show the article to. My question is, do I say something to the editor, and if so, what? I obviously don’t want to burn any bridges and jeopardize the potential for future assignments.—It Wasn’t Me [Read more…]

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Burning bridges? No more freelance jobs for you

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Dr. Freelance: Rather than a question, I just wanted to share an editor’s perspective on burning bridges, based on a recent experience. I had hired an assistant editor who quit after less than two months. A month later, she contacted me because she hated her new job and was looking for some freelance jobs.  You can guess my answer. Freelancers, do not burn bridges with employers if you want them to give you freelance work in the future!—Once Burned, Permanently Shy

Dear OBPS: Thanks for sharing that cautionary tale. I’ve quit more than my fair share of jobs, but my dad instilled a principle that has always stuck with me: “Never have an acrimonious departure” — and it’s even more important to the freelancer or would-be freelancer. [Read more…]

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