5 Skills All Editors Already Assume Writers Have Before They Pitch

Meg Dowell Writes

There are some things editors are tired of hearing.

Like that a staff writing candidate “can research and write articles in a timely manner.”

They already assume you can do this. Otherwise, why would you be applying for a writing job?

You’re not “wrong” to mention it. But you kind of don’t need to.

As a former editor and someone who works under several daily, I know what they expect — not just in day-to-day communications as part of a job or project, but from the moment you first reach out to them in a pitch email or cover letter. You have to demonstrate you’re skilled from the very beginning — not just in the way you write, but in the way you operate as a writer.

Allow me to share my wisdom with you. Because I want you to be able to write the things you want to write…

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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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