How Editors Can Help Writers Do Their Best Work

By Jack Limpert

1. Pay me enough that I feel rewarded for my best efforts.

2. Give me enough time to do the needed reading, reporting, and thinking.

3. Be helpful but give me the freedom to write the story the way I see it.

4. Be reachable if trouble arises.

5. Protect me from others–fact-checkers, sub-editors, accountants, etc.–who make unreasonable demands.

6. Keep me in the loop if big changes are being made to the story.

7. Keep me in the loop on the story’s headline and the types of photos or illustrations that accompany it.

8. Be willing to back me up if there’s controversy when the story comes out.

9. If the story is good enough, give me some notice in any editor’s notes or promotion of the story.

10. If the story is good enough, suggest that I do another one.

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