I attended a lecture on Thursday at 1:30 called “For Editors Only: Rule With An Iron Fist, Yet Wear a Velvet Glove”.I came in 2 minutes late because I was trying to find the lecture room, so I missed the first point, but here are my notes:
Are you willing to have an award-winning issue? You should:
- Triage your issues–save what you can
- Fire a slacker, set an example
- Publish junk, as long as it’s increasingly better and better junk
Edict #2–Overthrow the old order
- Don’t speak for yourself; connive with advisors
- Save up for a rainy day
- From now on, deadline is all the time
Edict #3–Embrace your impatience
- be impatient by design (design stuff early, turn in top two paragraphs instead of full article and give to designer)
- Always blow your top
- Short and small meetings all the time are better than big and long once in a while
Edict #4–Write and go to war!!
- Think big, write small
- Make an example of yourself
- Cutlines and headlines show you care
- Ask for ideas, but don’t assign them
- Cheat on your critiques
- Start as a jerk, ease up later
Edit with an iron fist, but wear a velvet glove
- if troublemakers threaten to leave, let them leave. You don’t need them to bring down the integrity of your paper.
- The most popular clubs are also the most exclusive; writers can be replaced. Remind them of this.
- Print a magazine/newmag/newspaper that you (as the editor) really like. It’s your magazine anyway.
- Don’t move good writers up to editors (unless they will still be writing). This may strengthen your editorial staff, but will weaken your writing staff.
- Ask people for references
- Big rewards mean (to students) more time to slack off. Small rewards are better; students try harder to please if rewarded.
- Everyday stuff is interesting
- Talk to each other
The speaker was essentially trying to troubleshoot problems that editors have and how to combat them. Conference time!! Comments to follow.