‘You can no more ‘promote’ a writer to be an editor than you can ‘promote’ a plumber to be a gardener’

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“This is idiotic, and it happens all the time, and nine times out of ten you lose a good writer and end up with a mediocre editor,” Charles P. Pierce tells Chris Jones. “I am the world’s worst editor. Every change I make in a piece of copy makes the piece sound like I wrote it, and we all know how popular that phenomenon is with writers.” || ALSO: Jones on the basics of profile writing.

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  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed Chris Jones’ response to Tom Scocca’s Slate post.

  • Anonymous

    Just because Pierce is the “world’s worst editor” doesn’t mean he’s right, except perhaps for himself. The greatest attribute of many good editors is that they can relate to what the writer’s challenges were, rather than pontificating via what they saw on “Lou Grant.”

    In sports, how often do great managers or coaches rise from non-player ranks? Many times, the best players make poor managers and coaches because they can’t teach their greatness, but most of the great leaders knew what it was like to prepare, to face momentous situations, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Charlie has a good point, but maybe it’s eight out of 10.