The Most Desirable Traits Magazine Editors Look for When Hiring Writers

Meg Dowell Writes

I’ve interviewed for a lot of writing jobs. I’ve also interviewed, and hired, a handful of writers in the past. I’ve made more mistakes than I’m willing to admit — and I’ve seen too many writers make those same mistakes. The interview process for writing jobs is rough. But if you do it right, it’s worth it.

Editors generally assume everyone that wants to submit to a publication on a regular basis writes good, clean, well-researched content. But it’s not enough to be an exceptional writer. You have to prove you’re the right person for the job — and sometimes, you only have one chance to do that.

Here’s what an editor is “grading” you on.


When I was the managing editor of a small magazine, I was in charge of “hiring” writing interns. This process involved reviewing resumes, writing samples, and conducting interviews. I had one prospective writer…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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