Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"Editorial": A Mnemonic

The best editors and editorial operations are characterized by the following:

  • Ego: Check it at the door—the writer gets top billing.

  • Diplomacy: Writers and editors—the twain must meet.

  • Implications: What is the context within which the writing exists?

  • Technical: Mastery of hardware, software, and editorial consistency is in place.

  • Ownership: Editing is "anonymous" and in the background.

  • Restraint: No over-editing; quality, not quantity, spells success.

  • Information: New content/information is quickly assimilated.

  • Adaptable: Shift gears regarding author preferences, priorities, contexts, and styles.

  • Lean: Economy and efficiency reign—maximum production with minimum effort.