5 Great Ways to Gain Editorial Experience

Most professional editing careers require solid experience from potential employees. Breaking into the publishing world can be challenging. But after talking to editors and doing some research, I’ve found 5 great ways to build up your editing experience. These range from volunteering for publications to becoming a freelancer.

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Don’t Write for the Magazine, Write for You.

Some writers make the big mistake of writing a story for a specific literary magazine. I don’t just mean writing a story that we later plan to submit for a magazine. I mean assuming we completely understand the magazine’s theme, and writing a piece we think the editors will like. I’ve come to learn that this never works out in our favor. It’s much more effective to write for self-expression. Let’s talk about a few reasons why.

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What Does a Literary Magazine Editor Do?

I’ve wanted to be an editor since I was a kid, but admittedly I didn’t know exactly what an editor did. Today I’ll talk about what an editor’s job is like, and what I’ve learned so far from my experiences. If you’re an aspiring writer, this info is helpful for knowing what happens to your work when you submit it.

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Writing Like an Editor

Hello everyone! For my first post, I want to talk about some concerns many emerging writers, like myself, may have. Some writers are lucky to have experienced the industry already (maybe even published their work while in college). The rest of us are still beginning to learn how the world of publishing works. I thought I knew a lot already, but the more I learn, the more I realize just how gigantic the iceberg is beneath the surface. So let’s talk about a new perspective. We need to think about what we can learn from literary editors that will improve our writing. We’ll cover three main points: Read more