I love you, Arthur Plotnik

The Elements of Editing: A Modern Guide for Editors and Journalists, by Arthur Plotnik

“What kind of person makes a good editor? When hiring new staff, I look for such useful attributes as genius, charisma, adaptability, and disdain for high wages.” [p. 1]

“…self-serving, retentive, fastidious, fetishistic, and even some aesthetic and ethical types of compulsiveness have no place in mass communications under deadlines…” [p. 2]

“A polite name for hounding people is “nudging,” and systematic nudging is “following up”…virtually nothing happens when it is supposed to happen without well-timed reminders.” [p. 5]

“Is editing like processing fat into soap or packaging toilet tissue? Yes and no. Some editorial products do call to mind these commodities.” [p. 11]

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.

3 replies on “I love you, Arthur Plotnik”

  1. “A polite name for hounding people is “nudging,” and systematic nudging is “following up”…virtually nothing happens when it is supposed to happen without well-timed reminders.”

    Heh. That.

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