Saturday, June 24, 2017

What Being an Editor for a Website has Taught Me Part 2




Last year, I wrote a post about what it's like being an editor (if you want my whole long backstory on how I became an editor in the first place check that out), and now it's my fifth most popular post on the blog. Since I've written that post, my duties as an editor have evolved to a degree, so I thought a sequel was in order. Here we go!

1.) Learning How to Hire People - In January, my editor-in-chief gave me and my other department editors clearance to start hiring writers on our own. Before that, the editor-in-chief did it, but it was quite an overwhelming job for her (no kidding), so it the responsibility was spread out across departments. Thus, I had to learn how to hire people and I knew like nothing on how to do that. I've been hired by a lot of places, but I've never been the one doing the hiring, so this was a big flip in perspectives.


First, I had to advertise that the position was available. Thus, I wrote what I wanted in a writer for my department and handed it off to the marketing department to get a flyer made. Then I spread that flyer across the interwebs and the marketing department did the same.  Soon, I got emails streaming in from many different applicants of all different ages and walks of life. Nearly every day for the next two weeks-ish I had a new application from somebody. It was a bit overwhelming, especially when several of the applicants didn't include all of the information I needed to fully evaluate out them--like the flyer clearly stated. For the love of Pete, people, follow the guidelines an editor gives you. It's not hard. 


Then I had to read lots and lots and lots of resumes, cover letters, and writing samples. This took a really long time. 


Then I had to pick who I wanted. Some people I knew immediately that I wanted them on my team and other ones I had to really debate between who I wanted to bring on. Then they had to sign a long bunch of paperwork that I had to send then I could finally bring them into the chat rooms. In the end, I believe I've picked a pretty fabulous team and they're doing very well so far. 


2.) Sending Out Rejections - If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you'll know I've personally received a lot of rejections. I was a little nervous being on the flip side and having to send rejections to other people. I had a little sample form rejection that made it easier where it kindly let people down. Some of the people I didn't necessarily want to reject, but their writing just wasn't the quality I wanted. Then there was this one guy that was so arrogant, halfway through the email I was like,



By the end my conclusion came to: 


3.) Keeping Up Relationships Individually - With these new writers and my team overall, I've made it a point to check up on everyone every week to see how the team is doing. This has been a lot of work, especially for introvert me, but I feel like doing it has strengthened my team as a whole since I have a relationship with each of my writers. I can pray for them when they have problems and they're more comfortable about sharing ideas with me.

Me peeking into my writer's PM every week.
4.) Becoming a Mentor - One thing I've come to learn is part of being a good editor is being a mentor for your writers. You don't want to constantly correct, correct, correct, you also need to make a point to make your writers feel appreciated and that their strengths are being valued. I came to this conclusion partly from my own experience with editors. I've worked with one website where the editor only corrects and never acknowledges my strengths as a writer and it really makes me feel kinda like crap. Then I've worked with another editor that critiques me, but I feel like she's pushing me to grow as a writer in a way that I feel valued. Whenever I've finished with a post I try to point out the good points and points that need to be worked on to each writer.


5.) More Work Can Be More Satisfying - One of the reasons I had to hire in the first place was my team was too small, but because of that I only had to edit something maybe every other week. Now that my team has grown to seven writers, I edit anywhere from two to five pieces a week and usually they come out on the weekends which is when I work. This can be a little overwhelming, but it's overall satisfying because I'm seeing lots of fresh content on the site every week. I feel like my department is really pulling its weight and I get that proud parent feeling.


Conclusion - I'm still loving being an editor. It grows me as a person and I feel like I'm helping other writers grow as well.

Have you ever been an editor for a website? What things have you learned? Have you ever aspired for be one? 

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Friday, June 23, 2017

A Book Review of Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin


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Her story begins on a train.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their combined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball in Tokyo.

Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year's only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele's twin brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael's every move.

But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and stay true to her mission?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

So Your Character is From Mexico ... Featuring Charissa Swanson





It's time for this week's So Your Character is ... Post! This is a weekly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country or having a disability. I'm hoping to encourage international diversity, break stereotypes, and give writers a crash course on how to write a character from these different places on our planet. If you haven't checked out last week's  So Your Character is from Panama ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

When I first met Charissa at a writers conference a while back, I thought it was so cool that her parents were missionaries in Mexico. I'm so happy to have her on the blog to talk about what living in Mexico was like. Honestly, the most I've known about Mexico is the immigration issues, the food, and one of my other friends went there for a vacation once. XD

Disclaimer: The content below may be culturally shocking to some. Each of these posts are as uncensored as possible to preserve the authenticity of the cultures of each of the interviewees.


(None of the Images are Mine)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Beauty and the Beast (1991) versus Beauty and the Beast (2017): Taking Your Story a Step Deeper




First of all, I'm a humongous fan of both movies. I'm not pitting these movies against each other, more like expanding my point about how I believe basically the 2017 Beauty and the Beast is Beauty and the Beast: Extended Edition. That's not a bad thing. As a long-term fan, I love it. I really enjoy seeing so many aspects of this classic story deepened. 

Beauty and the Beast has been my favorite Disney princess movie fore a very long time. Not only do I really relate to Belle, but I'm in love with the soundtrack, I thought Gaston was a formidable villain, and ... the Beast ... I just love the Beast. ^ ^ I also thought that this was the most logical Disney princess love story, and if someone mentions Stockholm Syndrome I will hit you, because the princess actually had time to get to know her lover and vice versa. Well enough fangirling over it (though more of that will probably happen anyway) and let's get on to the meat of the post for the tale as old as time.

Warning: Spoilers.



Friday, June 16, 2017

Beautiful People #25 ~ June Edition: Harlowe (Starbloods)






It's time for this month's Beautiful People! Yay! This is a link-up hosted by Paperfury and Further Up and Further In where you answer questions about your characters. I participated in Beautiful People for the last three years every month. Pretty crazy. XD This link-up has been just so helpful with character development. 


Harlowe hasn't come out to play for an interview or anything since literally last year, and I know you guys really liked him, so he's going to be the subject of this month's interview! If you'd like to participate in this link-up yourself, check out either Paperfury or Further Up and Further In to see how. Here we go!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

So Your Character is From the Dominican Republic ... Featuring Mariela Odet Vargas De León





It's time for this week's So Your Character is ... Post! This is a weekly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country or having a disability. I'm hoping to encourage international diversity, break stereotypes, and give writers a crash course on how to write a character from these different places on our planet. If you haven't checked out last week's  So Your Character is from Panama ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

This is yet another country that I've had very limited information about. I have some currency from there someone gave me and I know they speak Spanish, but that was the extent of my knowledge before this post. I'm so happy to have Mariela on the blog to enlighten me. Also isn't her whole name absolutely gorgeous?


Disclaimer: The content below may be culturally shocking to some. Each of these posts are as uncensored as possible to preserve the authenticity of the cultures of each of the interviewees.

(None of the Images are Mine)