Last week we discussed the things that writers hate. Now it’s time to discuss the things that editors hate. Please note that we’re all in this together. The word “hate” here is used in the same context as saying “I really hate it when my husband forgets to clean the kitty litter box.” We’re a family, and there’s a constructive element here in terms of making one family member see another member’s point of view. Followed by a group hug.
I asked my wife Ann, fiction editor of Weird Tales, for her top five first, and here they are:
1 – Writers who blast me on their blog for rejecting their story or who send threatening emails because of rejection.
2 – Writers who query before the published upper limit of my response time.
3 – Writers who make substantial edits on page proofs after I’ve told them the time for that kind of editing is over.
4 – Writers who constantly bug me to tell them why I form rejected their story when I have another 500 submissions staring me in the face.
5 – Prima donnas, whether unpublished or “famous”.
And here are my top five, from the perspective of years of running the Ministry of Whimsy and editing anthologies. I should note that “dealing with cranks and curmudgeons” isn’t on my list because some of our best writers are cranks and curmudgeons. I don’t take this personally when dealing with such writers–in fact, I find it endearing, so long as it doesn’t cost me much time dealing with their quirks.
Please do add your own, too.