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.