Writer Woes!

Furiends I was hoping to have good news about an article I was asked to write a while ago for the children’s section of a boating magazine. I wrote my article and sent it in for the deadline a couple of weeks ago. I got an email back thanking me and saying that they’d be in touch for editing. Yesterday I got an email saying that the editor I’d been dealing with was no longer employed and that they needed my bio by 9am today.

I sent them my bio and said that I hoped that everything was alright, since I hadn’t heard back about any edits. When the editor-in-chief sent me the proof of my article I was quite shocked to see that the old editor had completely changed my article AND my voice. I was also upset to see that they’d cropped my photos to take out my Bailey Boat Cat watermark. Since they weren’t very polite and obviously more concerned with rushing rather than correcting it, I asked that they refrained from publishing it. I don’t really understand why they asked me to write something only to change my voice. Humans can be funny creatures at times!

I’ve written quite a few articles and done lots of interviews now and it’s my first bad experience with a publication…So I guess I’m a true writer now! I’m just grateful that all of you enjoy my voice. Have any of you ever experienced something similar?

Bailey's book!

Bisous, Bailey

Comments

  1. Oh that’s so sad that they changed even your voice…. I sadly never wrote something what became published in a magazine :o(

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  2. Well that’s all very rude of them. Glad it was not published in an altered state.

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  3. I love reading every morning! They deserve to be charged. Not just rude, illegal! Keep the stories coming! Monty and his mom! X

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  4. pilch92 says:

    That is awful. I think a story would be better in your own voice.

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  5. I hate it when people do this!!! I only ever had this once with a magazine… If you don’t like the voice of an author why ask them to write for you??? Totally beyond me! And removing your watermarks WITHOUT even asking you – how dare them… So sorry you had such a bad experience. 😦

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  6. How disappointing Bailey. My human publishes our boating squadron’s newsletter, but hasn’t ever asked me for an article for it…maybe I need to be more vocal about how disappointing that is! =^,,^=

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  7. cindy long says:

    Oh poor u Bailey, they dont know whst they are missing

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  8. Bailey, those folks are obviously clueless, and you were absolutely correct to withdraw the article. I’m sure that one sour experience will not keep you from expressing yourself!

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  9. Well I think they’re nuts if they wanted to totally change your article and your voice but these things definitely happen! You did the right thing though – they’re taking YOU out of the article and putting someone from their organization IN…..we all expect minor editing but not changing the idea or “voice” – that’s quite another thing and I would have done as you have done.

    Hugs, Pam

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  10. Your voice is what it’s all about, B. Changing it is a deal breaker. Mom sent a worksheet idea in to a teaching magazine once, and had to look through the magazine 4 times before she recognized her work…. Yeah, it was totally not her work anymore. Not even the title! It happens. Not often, but once in a while. It’s the nature of the beast.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  11. Sorry that this happened, but it seems to me that not having it published when it didn’t even sound like you was the right thing to do. We all love you!

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  12. Don’t let those moron humans get to you, Bailey- the dude purrobably didn’t have any coffee this morning~ keep up the good work!

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  13. My first editor spoiled me. He would catch my typos, fix my sentence structure, and at times cut for length, but for the most part, he left my writing alone. Then when I started writing for a bigger outlet, I ran into editors that would change my lede and totally massacre my stories. However, that was still nothing compared to when I started copywriting for clients. They all seem compelled to change something — usually a key piece of the article — just for the sake of changing it to “make it their own.” Through the years I’ve learned to accept it with a smile as I take their money, but it can still be tough.

    As for the photo watermarks, if they were paying a one-time use fee for print or a web-licensing fee then they would expect to have high-resolution files provided without a watermark, but they should have contacted you to ask for them rather than just cropping the ones you sent.

    Hope you get a better editor next time around.

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    • Yep, I wasn’t being paid at all, since it was a prestigious publication I figured it was worth it. So a big lesson learned in not investing time to write for free anymore. Your first editor sounds like a dream as was my editor for my book she was truly pawesome!

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  14. My human has had that experience in the past, and it boils down to one of two things: either there was a misunderstanding between the editor and the writer about what the publication wanted, or the editor is a jerk and a bad editor. Not sure which one applies in your case, but you were right to request to pull the story.

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  15. I used to work as an editor, and our goal was to retain the author’s voice–the saying was that, in a well-edited article, the author wouldn’t even notice the changes. I agree with SV about the photos. You were right to pull the article–I once didn’t, in a similar situation, and always regretted that my name was attached to something I hadn’t written. I’m sorry you had a bad experience!

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  16. mitzithedog says:

    Dear Bailey I have never heard your voice. I have your book and read your blogs but I have not heard YOUR voice only your mum talking to you on a video. Where can I hear you? Three cheers for you to stand up to your principals and quality of your work.

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  17. That’s really upsetting and a real shame.

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  18. Hi, Bailey, That doesn’t seem quite ethnical. I don’t think Copyrights, Watermarks, etc. can be removed. They’re the owner’s only protection against their material being used in an unauthorized manner. .Maybe a shout out on Twitter and FB will let people know ahead of publication that YOU did not authorize the version that is published. My goodness! A cat has to have eyes in his backside to keep up with some nefarious humans!! Pat

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    • Luckily they agreed to pull the article as I wouldn’t have been happy with my name next to it Pat. They were very cheeky since they asked me to write it only to completely lose the sense of ME in it! I wasn’t even being paid so it’s their loss not mine the humans tell me. Onwards and upwards!

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  19. Sorry you had a bad experience Bailey.
    They change your voice and remove the watermark?
    Good thing you pulled back. Better to clarify things before continuing(if you do)
    We have no problem with your voice 🙂
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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  20. Have written a fair bit, but never had that happen! Minor editing – yes. Changing the tone, style and voice – no way! And removing the watermark on your photos… what’s going on there?? Good on you for withdrawing the story! You have enough of a portfolio now to be choosy about who you write for Bailey!

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  21. 😦

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  22. The Swiss Cats says:

    That’s rude ! And removing your watermark, change your article, … it’s not very “professional” from them ! Purrs

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  23. mistletoeandhitch says:

    Poor Bailey! Our human says the only editor she’s ever really enjoyed working with also gave birth to her!!!

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  24. Well that’s quite rude of them. Whee are glad you didn’t let them publish it all changed around!

    xxxx

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  25. I’ve had nothing but bad luck with the company I published my first book with; it’s also my first published work. I have a young adult book that I’m anxious to see published, yet, I’m nervous about following through because of that bad experience. That’s unprofessional for them to completely change your work, including removing the watermark. Good thing you were able to tell them to not publish it.

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  26. Kathy Luhrman says:

    Hi, Bailey. I totally hear you – editors are sometimes bastards. they change whatever they want. your’e not the only one, trust me!

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  27. Aw so sorry. Stick to your guns, your purrrfect piece will come. Hold your head high, you have integrity. ❤

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  28. kittiesblue says:

    Mommy used to write from the regional business journal, which was very good about not ,re-writing or editing extensively. She also used to write for our city magazine. They did lots more editing, and she never read the pieces once they were published to keep from getting upset. Changing your “voice” is totally wrong, and you were right to pull the article. No matter what we do in life, we will have a bad experience now and again. Keep up the good work, Bailey, and put this bad experience behind you. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  29. To write with your voice is integral to what you are. How upsetting, so well done standing your ground and making reasonable requests. I mean WTF? Removing your own watermark!!!! How utterly UNPROFESSIONAL!

    You have plenty of support here and every word true. Move on – hold up your head – know your own worth!

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