What’s editing anyway? Part 3 How an unsaid hierarchy between reporters and editors created a rift between two friends I remember a conversation I had with a friend when we were studying journalism together. Anjum* was an aspiring reporter who was known for his humility and love for films. I don’t recall the exact conversation but something he said indicated that he viewed editing as inferior to reporting. It was only later I sensed that … Read more What’s editing anyway? Part 3
Will I get published? I was recently talking to a writer whose work I really admire. Like most writers, he juggles many roles. Apart from writing novels, he runs a small publishing house with his friend. He also writes screenplays and provides digital marketing services. When the man asked my friendly opinion on where should he submit his manuscript, I said apart from the usual biggies, there were a few upcoming publishers he could consider. … Read more Will I get published?
How to be in awe? A few years ago, I met a writer in a city that was new to me. Although usually I ask writers what is their book about, their aims apart from getting published and the like, this conversation was different. The writer wasn’t asking for publishing support and the chat retained a friendly tone. Within 30 minutes, we touched upon our interests. A little bit of this and a little bit … Read more How to be in awe?
What’s editing anyway? Part 2 A few years ago, I was hanging out with a group of six people, including me and my date. I barely knew anyone there apart from my date and was very uncomfortable being in my skin. When deciding what to order, I would wait for others to take a call and say yes to the majority. When we started to eat, I made the face of a child high on … Read more What’s editing anyway? Part 2
Three things an author should never say Even in the middle of a pandemic, an author should never say these three things For the past few months, I have been hearing a constant refrain from authors who query me for editing related services and publishing consultation. I want to stop them and tell them those questions are self sabotage. Since it is work from home for many of us, we think our options are limited … Read more Three things an author should never say