Dude, Editors Are Everywhere

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Dude, Editors Are Everywhere - Mind Your Facebook Manners Because Editors at the sites you want to be published on are watching

Anyone who knows me in real life, knows I start a lot of sentences with ‘Dude’. Maybe it’s an attempt to appear younger, or maybe it was just watching Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure one too many times. Anyway, I’m here with a little public service announcement for you today, because…

Dude, editors are everywhere!

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Dude,  Editors Are Everywhere - Mind Your Facebook Manners Because Editors at the sites you want to be published on are watching

I’m specifically talking about Facebook here.

When you’re in a big Facebook group complaining about how long it’s taking for a specific site to get back to you on that submission…

When you’re in a small secret Facebook group talking smack about the post a certain site just published that you are not a fan of…

When you post a status update to your personal Facebook page about how a certain site turned down your submission and how you don’t understand why…

Editors from those sites are reading your comments (Many editors are also bloggers and they are not quarantined in editor-only groups and threads), AND/OR

Friends of editors from those sites are reading your comments, AND/OR

Bloggers who have been published on those sites and talk to editors regularly are reading your comments

Threads and comments with a website name in them tend to find their way back to the owner. If you’re thinking of saying something directly or indirectly unflattering about a site and are ever hoping to be published there, you may want to think twice. If you have already been published somewhere and let any derogatory comments fly on social media, you may find your future submissions are not received well.

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I know of a recent instance where a well-known site was about to invite someone to be a contributor, only to see her participate in an ugly thread bashing a post they ran. I’m not talking about a lively and respectful debate about a post they ran, I’m talking smack talk about the site itself.  Needless to say, she was not invited — and dude, they are a paying site!

Some of us have already said stupid stuff on Facebook that we wish we could unsay, so learn from it and remember that it could backfire on you and your blog/business.

Mind your manners on Facebook and party on dude.

About the Author

Susan Maccarelli

Susan Maccarelli is the creator of Beyond Your Blog, a site helping bloggers successfully submit their writing for publishing opportunities beyond their personal blogs. She also offers online training and consulting to new bloggers looking for direction on submitting their writing for publication. Susan has interviewed dozens of editors from publications like The New York Times, Huffington Post, Brain, Child, Chicken Soup For The Soul, The Washington Post, and speaks at many respected writing and blogging conferences.

18 Comments on “Dude, Editors Are Everywhere”

  1. What a welcome PSA that all newbie boogers should get with the rundown when they receive advice from more experienced bloggers! Of course, even the most professional of bloggers need reminding from time to time.

  2. This is an exceptional bit of advice Dude.
    Editors (most of us anyway) are not just robo-readers of your words. Good ones coach and help and make like a doula helping you birth that post. It is the height of disrespect to get pissy about a rejection. It might be that you picked a topic they have done many times and they need to switch it up. It is also possible that what you submitted isn’t the right voice for the site, or it is crap writing. A good editor will tell you the truth about why you need to take another shot or why they are not running your golden words. Maybe they just aren’t interesting (the horror).
    Either way, be a mature person about it. We always know when you aren’t.

  3. Dude, this is really worth remembering and passing around! Thanks for the reminder! (and yes, I say dude a lot too, esp. when talking to my two dudes here). 🙂

  4. Yes, yes, yes. The magic of social media lets us forget there are real people behind the names. Too often, we forget who’s “in the room” with us and that our words have impact. This is a terrific reminder for everyone who uses FB, in truth, even non-writers and editors.

  5. Ohmygosh DUDE! I’m trying to think of anything I *could* have said about anything or anyone anywhere… oh gosh, I hope i haven’t!! I’m usually pretty good about manners and being positive, so I will trust that I haven’t ‘done gone said’ something STUPID. Man, dude… thanks for the PSA. 😉

  6. Dude, I agree with you wholeheartedly…EXCEPT when an editor is behaving unethically and potentially illegally. I just dealt with just such an editor (whom I was warned about, but gave the benefit of the doubt). She has a history of using writers’ articles without their permission and either not paying at all or taking forever to pay. In this instance, I felt it was my moral obligation to warn other writers (in a professional way) to steer clear of this editor. I channeled my inner “Norma Rae” and called her (and her publications) out by name (in a closed writer’s group), and would do so again if a similar situation arose. I’m not at ALL about bashing editors over rejections, editing decisions, low/slow pay, etc. That’s just unprofessional. But I AM about fairness, doing what’s right, and not being taken advantage of. No editor should steal your work, plain and simple. And I think, as writers, we need to extend the professional courtesy of sharing this information with each other.

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