Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ten (among many more) things

September 11 is my final day as a FT, company-employed editor. I will not miss the following (in random order because I’m too lazy to sort in any meaningful order):

  • Supervised by a “manager” who personifies the Peter Principle
  • Told, “You decide [a style point], you’re the editor,” and then being overruled by illiterate proposal managers
  • Underappreciated, undervalued, and underpaid
  • Editing writing by people who don’t know the difference between, for example, its and it’s, their and there
  • Working with incompetent temp editors
  • Rarely, if ever, being thanked
  • Trying to educate people about the time required to do quality editing
  • Working with graphic designers and desktop publishers who never proof their own work
  • Working with managers and coordinators who won’t enforce version control, thereby giving writers access to files after my final edit
  • Writing and updating style guides no one adheres to, let alone reads