The Worst Mistakes an Editor Can Make, Part 1

When I did a google search for ‘worst mistakes an editor can make’ (‘cause misery loves company and I was curious to hear about goofs by my colleagues) I was genuinely surprised at what I found: NOTHING. Apparently, editors are above reproach! I wish someone had told me that years ago before I started doing things like apologizing to authors or listening to their opinions….

Admittedly, I only went two pages deep into the google search but it was enough to get the point. Editors sit behind the screen, gatekeepers to publication, and tell authors what they are doing wrong. I’m not trying to sound critical of my own profession, and the advice I read was REALLY good advice to authors, but I feel like it’s time to say this: Editors make mistakes too….and here are some of mine:

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August 2018 Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers, Authors, and Artists,

As you turn our thoughts to back-to-school sales, registering for a class or two, maybe finding a new way to use pumpkin spice in our cooking, Curating Alexandria has been thrilled your August  included sending off some literary submissions too. Thanks to the generous donation of grant writer Teresa Tillson, we've been able to offer free submissions for the entire month. It turned out to be great timing! As your creepy, suspenseful, monster filled stories have poured in, we've pulled together a fantastic Halloween edition of our journal. You'll find a mix of light hearted works, interspersed with the ax-grinder stories that terrified me as a child.   

With this edition we are also happy to introduce staff member Arthur Boyd as curator. As I said, scary stories were never my forte as reader, and I have almost no experience with them as an editor. Arthur has kindly stepped forward to curate this edition, brining his love of the macabre and spooky into the newly titled "Exhuming Alexandria." 

As always, thank you for your support, submissions, readership, and enthusiasm for Curating Alexandria. 

Happy Reading,

Sabrina Bingham

The Space Between Submission and Publication

I wish all authors could- at some point- get an invisibility cloak that only disguises them in the room while their work is being read by agents, beta readers, or editorial staff. I certainly don’t want to work with the author hanging over my shoulder, but there are often things I wish I could tell them but don’t have the appropriate means to do so. Mostly I want them to know why their story was or wasn’t picked, and what was good, what wasn’t working, what parts of the choice were opinion or objectively made.

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April 2018 Letter from the Editor

We know your options of reading are near limitless today; thank you for being here and supporting something new.  In the words of the great *Anton Ego "But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends. ...Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere."

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Interview With Dread Grace

Grace sat at a table, surrounded by the semi-tidy chaos I’ve come to associate with imaginative coworkers and friends. Saying her home looked like that of a wizard or mad-scientist would be an exaggeration, but it’s the right archetype of décor and organization. Therefore, it didn’t come as a shock when she said she teaches science. A science teacher who writes urban fantasy rooted in mythology: that’s the one-line summary of the woman I came to know in our call.

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