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10 Things a Writer Doesn’t Want to Hear from an Editor

I’ll ask around to see if anyone’s seen your resume.

An interesting idea but another writer is working on something too much like it.

We did that story three months ago.

We’d look at it on spec.

Your piece didn’t make it into this issue but it might run by the end of the year.

We could run it on the website and pay you $25.

We had to trim 20 inches at the last minute and there wasn’t time to contact you.

When I said we pay a dollar a word, that’s a dollar a published word.

The headline has to grab the reader and it can’t be too subtle.

They’re telling me checks should be in the mail next week.

Please send along other things editors say that writers really don’t want to hear.

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