A Lack of Overt Praise Isn't a Sign of Failure


Expect Praise from Reporters and Editors, Not Readers


It's true, readers will never compliment a copy editor on a good job. But copy editors shouldn't be looking to readers, anyway. The copy editor's real customers are the reporters and editors. I knew I was a good copy editor when the reporters routinely asked for me to work on their copy and the editor-in-chief (my boss) kept giving me raises.

Posted on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:50am

Wanting Praise


Completely agree with you. Needing praise as proof of success is immature. You'd think he'd recognize lack of complaint or mocking as the compliment for --as you say, doing your job-- good editing. How often does he go and tell people how pleased he is that egregious errors are a thing of the past?

Posted on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 5:47am

Abraham Hyatt made at least a


Abraham Hyatt made at least a couple of logical errors in a blog entry yesterday when he counseled against the hiring of a copyeditor for a newsmagazine website. He said he hired copyeditors for the tech website ReadWrite and that the results were disastrous. He said copyeditors “slowed the publishing process to a screeching near-halt. And, even more importantly: No. One. Cared.”
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