11 Ways Editors Can Attract Good, Reliable Writers By David Geer

You frequently see articles for writers on how to be more accommodating for editors. However, here are some hints on how editors can attract great writers!

1. Communicate openly. You can inform, direct and invest in writers, not by doing their work for them, but by taking away the need to guess their way to success or to figure everything out for themselves in some kind of hit or miss fashion. Provide everything the writer needs up-front, in an orderly, assignment fashion, so you and the writer won’t have to waste time re-writing the piece at a later date.

2. Don’t be cold when sending rejections. When queries are rejected, you can appreciate the effort the writer has expended to try to work for you. You can, therefore, in the very least, offer an explanation rather than a form rejection letter, or a personal note penned on the form rejection letter. If the writer is professional and a possible future contributor, why not suggest a lead in to future work? If you think their query and idea are good, but just not the right fit for your publication, why not tell them this fact and encourage them to submit it elsewhere? Writers receive so much negative correspondence (rejections) that even one positive note can make their entire month. Why not make a writer smile today?

3. Be approachable. You can help writers by adding notes to rejections as to why an idea might not work, along with some ideas they might want to try querying about in the future. Sharing a sample of a past article you were pleased with along with your writer’s guidelines can help writers hit the mark.

4. Be professional and ethical. Professionalism is demonstrated in many ways, through ethics, openness and honesty. You’re “the boss” and can guide the relationship so that things turn out in a way that is best for everyone concerned