Flakey editors: the norm?
June 6, 2012 5:28 PM Subscribe
Are flakey editors and publishers the norm?
posted by anonymous to Writing & Language (15 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
This afternoon, I was fired from a writing gig for calling my publisher out on her excuses for not paying at the contractually-agreed time. I've been writing for them for 6 years; it was an ongoing problem. Last year I left another writing gig for similar unreliable-editor reasons, that was after 2 years of dealing with editorial flakiness regarding deadlines and so forth. Both are more complicated, long stories, but on my end come down to me doing what's asked, and then editors and/or publishers dropping their end of the deal.
Part of me is mad at myself for losing paid gigs, but I also feel I should be able to expect the editors and publishers to live up to their ends of the bargains when I'm filed on time and under wordcount and of acceptable quality. I'm beginning to think this is just the way things work is in the writing industry and I need to just buck up and deal with it.
So, writers, is this just a "paying my dues" thing until I get more established, or am I just finding crappy places to write for, or is this just the Usual in the publishing world and I should learn not to shake the apple cart? Or something else entirely? Should I be worried that I'm burning bridges that will hurt my future hopes as a writer?