Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday Writers Craft Online: Delays...

Some people think that publishing is easy and fast. Sometimes it is. A news piece may be written one afternoon and appear the next morning.

But for features, especially magazine features, writing up a piece for publication is the first step in a long process.

Some of my clients plan a long way ahead; I already have commissions for May 2011. Others adopt a go-as-you can attitude.

If it’s a scheduled publication, I can give an early heads-up. At other times I can make an educated guess. Unfortunately life is never smooth.

Some of the more common reasons for pieces not to appear on time are:
  • An extra ad came in, and so the piece was dropped in favour of the incoming $$$.
  • A key member of personnel is away, so the piece can’t be laid out, edited etc.
  • A key member of personnel is away, so email can’t be accessed.
  • An intern puts the submission on the wrong pile, and it gets lost.
  • The Internet provider messes up, and a huge batch of email is lost forever in cyberspace.

For some reason the first half of 2010 has been particularly bad for this. So sorry, Meem, Cynthia, Nurliyana, Angelina, Sau Kuan, and everyone else who was hoping to be out by now. I’m told you’ll all be featured within the next two issues. I’m crossing my fingers that it works out that way.

6 comments:

The Chair Speaks said...

LOL! This brought back some memories. When I was on vacation leave, my colleagues would tell the caller on the phone to call back a month later!

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Wow, it's so cool to hear how these things actually work!

Brian said...

Yep, sometimes things get in the way!

An Imperfect Momma said...

Wow. Thats cool. Never knew how things like that worked :o)

Mishkat said...

We always have problems with "someone being away" (that's life!), but the e-mail ones sound like the worst to me. I worry about that often.

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

I was in publishing for 3.5 years! Don't I know it! Sometimes the blame game becomes a round of Chinese whispers too. The writers blame the editors, who blame the chief editors, who blame the proofreaders, who blame the typesetters, who blame the printers. And all around the mulberry bush we go!