Millions of people wish they could be a great writer, but I suspect fewer dream of becoming a great editor. It’s always the writer. I recently met Chris Vogel, the articles editor for Boston Magazine, and he compared being an editor to parenting, because it’s about “selfless love.” “Editors are in the people game as much as the words business.” Editors aren’t the stars, but they’re coaxing, listening, pushing, making the writer comfortable that she can do great work. Maybe they’re part coach or therapist, or maybe they’re just customer support. They can help make someone else shine—or at the very least, get out of the way and do as little damage as possible before passing it along to readers.Continue reading “Things I’m Working On: Being a Better Editor”
Here’s my latest: A chat with author Jennifer Armstrong (we’re not related!) about the business of freelancing and book publishing.
Thought I’d try a brand new theme introduced today at WordPress.com. Resonar and Scrawl look perfect for the longform writers and publishers in the audience.
Meaghan O’Connell’s birth story is wonderful and highly quotable.
Excellent bit of history from Alec MacGillis.
Jeff Sharlet is doing something really special with these Instagram essays, and it’s hitting on something I’ve been obsessed with for a while now: The idea that there are people whose voices are being recorded on the Internet, and people whose voices are not being recorded. There are millions of people who will never share anything on the Internet, and it’s an opportunity for those who are online to record the voices and histories of those who are not. Otherwise we’re all just talking about tech and media and business and startups all day.
This is a principle thing: There are a lot of companies pouring money into long-form storytelling right now, which is great, but in many cases, there’s no real model backing it up. That creates a high-turnover, boom-and-bust atmosphere for sites. Are we going to have to keep relying on VC funding from billionaires to feed us these stories forever?
I believe that reader-generated, recurring subscriptions are critical for ensuring quality storytelling on the internet for many years to come.
Another great interview from Jessica Gross.
Very excited to be coming back to Housing Works NYC, with This Land Press!
We’ve been wanting to do this for nearly five years. Now it’s happening.