Methods to Keep away from Making Silly Errors With Journal Editors

I’ve been writing articles for alive – a pure well being and wellness journal in Vancouver, BC – for over 10 years. After I first began freelancing, I requested the editor-in-chief for an interview. I had an task from Author’s Digest journal on the most typical e mail blunders that writers and editors make. I additionally needed to get the within scoop on what it’s prefer to be edit a well-liked well being journal and work with freelance writers.

Sadly, I didn’t consider asking the editor-in-chief of alive how she was in a position to hold paying freelancers to write down articles for a print journal when the opposite print newspapers and publications had been going bankrupt. However I did study just a few issues about how troublesome it may be to work with freelance writers.

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Right here, former editor-in-chief Terry-Lynn Stone describes what occurred when she established new writing insurance policies for freelancers. She put these new pointers into place three months after she was employed because the editor-in-chief of alive.

“After three months on the job, I wanted to place some new procedures in place,” she says. “Earlier than I arrived, writers frequently missed their deadlines – and I’m speaking about many common freelancers who would miss deadlines by weeks, not simply days. This made the entire enhancing course of nearly unimaginable. Articles would generally are available so late, they needed to be edited the day they had been being designed by artwork!”

Do not forget that your article is one piece of the puzzle, and editors could also be working with a 5,000 piece jigsaw. Be as versatile and accommodating as attainable – and don’t miss your deadlines until you’re sick, injured, or giving delivery. 

Ms Stone says that she wrote a really good e mail to all the offenders, explaining the necessity for a brand new submissions coverage (submit your article on time!). “Whereas some freelancers had been high-quality with the brand new guidelines, others pushed again like loopy, saying ‘I solely flip in properly researched properly written articles and people take time’  and  ‘I all the time get extensions – that’s the best way I work.’  I politely advised them I solely accepted well- researched, well-written articles, but when they weren’t in on time, then I wouldn’t settle for them – and the writers wouldn’t receives a commission.”

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Work together with your editors! In the event that they ask you to do one thing “loopy” – corresponding to submit an article on time – don’t argue, threaten, whine, or cry.

Ms Stone continues, “After I despatched the ‘new coverage’ e mail, I acquired a response from a author, which was clearly addressed to another person. I suppose the author pressed reply as a substitute of ahead. The author thought she had forwarded my e mail to a good friend – who she regaled with my shortcomings. One of many sentences she wrote was, ‘Who the hell does this Terry-Lynn lady assume she is? I give her three months and he or she’ll be gone.’”

Examine your “To” line earlier than you hit ship.  Twice.

What was Ms Stone’s response to this author? “Effectively, in fact on one degree I used to be damage, however I acknowledged how straightforward it’s to make such a mistake,” she says. “I replied to the e-mail saying, ‘Pricey…I don’t assume I used to be the supposed recipient for this letter.’ I then went on to elucidate how saddened I used to be that she discovered the brand new guidelines – which I thought of cheap – so troublesome.”

Thank your fortunate stars in case your editors really talk with you! This was a really actual, sincere e mail from a busy lady – and it deserves a tip of the hat.

“I consider we’re all able to sending emails we remorse later, so getting offended and on my excessive horse didn’t appear real,” says Ms Stone. “The author was mortified at her mistake, and much more mortified when she noticed herself as she should seem to me. She insisted she considered herself as an ethical one who didn’t make snide remarks behind others’ backs, however she noticed how badly her behaviour represented herself. She was very apologetic. In fact, I accepted her apology and I continued to fee articles from her.”

Be keen to apologize while you offend an editor. A honest apology may restore the injury and make sure you proceed to write down for the journal.

Ms Stone thinks she and this author each discovered a useful lesson that day. “If you’re sending a powerful message of any variety, file it in your drafts for no less than 24 hours!” she says. “I’m shocked at how usually I open my draft folder and discover emails I needed to ship days earlier, solely to understand that, written within the warmth of the second, they wouldn’t have served me or the recipient properly.”

All the time, all the time, all the time let your writing sit for a number of days. Whether or not it’s an e mail to the editor or an assigned article, give it time to mature. You’ll thank your self later – particularly if you happen to catch harsh phrases in emails and errors in articles.

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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