How Editors Find and Retain Freelance Writers

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Freelance travel writers may work with many editors over a period of time. It can be a challenge to work with people who do not understand the artistry of writing. This excerpt is taken from Paul Lima’s blog: “Freelancer writers bring ideas, energy and words to publications. And there’s nothing that makes an editor’s job easier than writers who deliver exactly what was asked of them. But for a variety of reason, it doesn’t always happen and frustration takes hold. If this sounds familiar, it’s time for a crash course in working with writers.”

Psychology for Editors and Writers

Editors, remember that freelance writers are sensitive souls with delicate egos. Writers require reassurance, acceptance, and love. On the other hand, freelance writers must remember that editors can be insensitive and have gigantic egos. Learn to work together and communicate. A little understanding goes along way. Editors and writers need each other. It’s a two way street!

Finding freelance writers can be done through networking. Editors can network with other editors and writers to find great talent. Most writers know each other and will give a referral. Another place for editors to find great freelancers is in their “own backyard.” Some staff writers are also freelancers. It’s a win win situation.

Editors and writers who treat each other with respect and communicate well will have a beautiful relationship. A simple “thank you” is always appreciated It will behoove editors to put expectations and payment structures in writing! Writers are not mind readers. If there is an expectation to turn a story around in a tight deadline, offer more money. The same goes for an assignment that has an extended word count. Making writers “chase” payments is not good business and it’s bad karma.

In conclusion, writers are human; they will make mistakes. However, a plethora of mistakes may be unacceptable. Editors, it’s your responsibility to let your writers know what is and is not acceptable. Are a few revisions acceptable or not? Writers, if editors do not provide guidelines, ask for them! Furthermore, what’s the point of having editors if they are not going to edit work! Finally, editors give writers assignments. Do not expect them to constantly pitch stories. Give writers a break so they can recharge their “writing” battery.

Visit Paul Lima’s blog to learn more about how to find and retain freelance writers.

Rebecca

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