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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

When your Editor Leaves

You’ve spent months building up a good relationship with the editor at the magazine you write for. She gives you all the best assignments, responds to all your queries with enthusiasm, and calls on you regularly to save the day when the other writers fail to deliver. On your part, you could not be happier. You’re building up clips like crazy, making a decent amount of money, and feeling rather special.

And, then, it happens.

Suddenly, the dream-editor is gone, and you’re left to deal with her replacement, who not only has a completely different personality and vision for the magazine, but also doesn’t seem to think you are so special, never returns your e-mails, and acts like you do not exist.

Without doubt, the transition period after an editor leaves her post can be one of the most excruciating times in a writer’s life, as one slowly comes to realize that things will probably never be the same. But is there anything you can do to make it through the crisis and come out on top?

Keep reading to find out.

When your Editor Leaves is an article I wrote for the August issue of Islamic Ink, the IWA's free quarterly on-line magazine. Check out the latest issue for industry news along with creative works that feature the wealth of talent present among IWA membership.

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This blog is maintained by Amel Abdullah, a freelance writer, editor, and Arabic to English translator.