New writer may find it difficult to get into the publishing industry. It has been said that a book editor will not bother with editing the work of a writer. This may contain a certain kernel of truth, but after talking to a lot of editors, I have come to the realization that they are very open to the idea of accepting a new writer in their midst. There are benefits when it comes to being a newbie. As a new one, consider these benefits and take advantage of them.
4 benefits of a new writer
Here are a couple of advantages. These points came from editors and should work to your advantage when it comes to looking for new work.
- It is easier to make a very good first impression. If you are already an experienced writer, the book editor will have high expectations from you. A lot of effort is needed to certainly impress them with your body of work. A standard article will most likely not be enough to warrant their attention. On the other hand, if you will be honest about the fact that you are a new writer, it will take the pressure off a bit. He is professional and comes up with quality work should be enough to make an impression on the editor. According to Evelyn, a magazine editor, “I don’t care if you are a new writer. Even if you are a fairly newcomer and you have a professional attitude, I’m going to give you a chance. My suggestion is to become honest and transparent about your experience, or lack of it. Once I come across a great article by a new writer, I will be very impressed. To me, that’s a sign that it’s time to discover new talents. I will contact the writer and try to help them get published. On the other hand, if I come across a great work done by an established writer who was pretending to be new in the industry, I will just reject it.”
- There is room for improvement. Once an editor sees you as a new writer, you will be giving him a chance to discover new talent. If they feel that you will fit in for their publication, you will be signed up and mentored until your writing style fits in with the format and structure of the publication. The same thing is not going to happen if the editor sees you already have some writing experience. Instead of looking at your portfolio and checking to see if it will show some potential, they will automatically assume that your body of work is already the best that you can come up with, and that you are past your prime. According to Stephanie, a magazine editor, “I’m happy whenever I get a good story from a new writer. He will have the right attitude that fits in with the values of the magazine. He can be coached and mentored until he fits in to suit our style. They respond well to instructions and criticism. They also have a positive attitude. These qualities are what I am looking for in a new writer to mentor.”
- Honesty is the best policy. As a newcomer, you should be choosing the right market that fits your writing style. If you are targeting specific niches, claiming to have a lot of writing experience when you have none will only make the editor become suspicious of your claim. Danielle, a magazine editor, says, “I can tell right away if a new writer is exaggerating. Everybody does it anyway, on their resumes. But if a writer claims to have 20 years of experience but is making a pitch to my startup magazine, I’m going to wonder if they are lying about their claims. I will also wonder why they will not apply to the more established magazines if they have a lot of writing experience.
- Have the right attitude. Even if you don’t have the experience, level up the playing field with your enthusiasm. This attitude will help you land the job. Sam, a magazine editor, says, “Many established writers have an attitude that goes along with their experience, as well as boredom. Upcoming writers are bursting with positive energy and eagerness to prove themselves. With this in mind, I will take on the new writer over the more experienced one.”