Do you let the people/organisation that your article is about see it before you e-mail it or post it off? I don't usually but this time one of them requested this. I have mixed feelings about this: it's good because they can pick up on any inaccuracies in statistics and names etc, but it's also very bad - especially when they think they are the editor and start rearranging your sentences!!
I'm not sure if I like it or not. I have bit my tongue on this occasion and just made some of the changes they requested - but not all! I wasn't going to blog about it but I was just wondering what other people's feelings on this one are. I think that I'm the one who knows the publications I'm writing for and I'm the writer not the interviewee! But then if the prerequisite of the organisation is that they want to see any articles written about them before they are subbed you are sort of stuck between a rock and a hard place I feel.
I could feel my hackles rise when I first saw the alterations they had made to my manuscript (in pink and underlined!) I felt I was back at school. Some of them I could accept because it was to do with their stats and how they refer to their workers - but a lot of it was spelling (of which I had spelt right!) I mean if they are going to add words to the manuscript they can at least make sure they are spelt correctly. And changing the sentences around and fiddling like that which I take as a personal affront!! I think it's actually quite rude - but maybe it's just me? I haven't said anything to them as we've had a good working relationship up until now and I don't want to upset that - it's not that much of a big deal in the grand scheme of things just an annoyance! I don't mind if an editor does it because that's their job! Maybe I didn't make myself clear enough - I did say that I had only sent the article for them to see out of courtesy as they had asked to see them and I asked them to check stats and data but nothing else.
I could have ignored the suggestions and gone with my original copy I suppose, but then they wouldn't have let me sub them. So it called for a bit of teeth gritting and diplomacy - something I'm particularly good at! But next time I'll be reluctant to do it unless whomever I'm writing about has a good reason as to why I should show it to them. I mean I am a professional writer - oooh there look I've gone and said it now! It would be like me telling them how to do their job wouldn't it?
Anyway, I sent them off last night and hope they will come back to me asap so I can sub them. I have other articles to be working on and I've worked on this particular set of articles for too long really - magazines are waiting for the subs! I feel the need to let them go and move on. Will keep you posted on how I get on.