Wednesday, April 4, 2012
D = Dedication to Deliver by Deadline: A to Z Challenge
I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.
~ John Steinbeck
The difference between a professional writer and a hobbyist is the ability to deliver quality work, with little or no editing required, on time, every time. Having the dedication to deliver material by the deadline is often an editor’s determining factor when assigning a project to a writer.
I share inside information with new writers about editors and how they judge writers harshly if a deadline isn’t met. It is understandable. The writer’s tardiness places more pressure on the editor and may create an adverse situation.
From the editor’s perspective, it is important to rely on writers who have met deadlines. If the deadline passes, the editor needs to replace the writer and/or fill the space in some other way. This editor will remember your name.
New writers should commit to articles they know they can deliver. In this way, the writer builds a reputation of being punctual. Extra work may be available for a punctual writer if they have proved they are also capable of quick turn-around.