I recently sent an email to my local newspaper editor. In it, I apologized for a few small errors that I’d made in some articles I’d written for him. The articles were about local businesses that will be showcased at a local Home and Garden Show this weekend. They went to print this past Monday, and a few of the business owners were not happy with what I had written.
As I mentioned in a previous post, although I knew I’d done a good job (the editor published my articles almost exactly as I had written them), I was devastated by the negative feedback. I knew I needed to develop thicker skin, but my mistakes, especially the preventable ones, really bothered me.
Tonight, the editor wrote back. This is what he said:
Shake it off. The Fire Safe items were totally bureaucratic and not worth changing. Don’t know what the painter guy was upset about. It was free publicity.
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I feel so much better now!
Note: I apologize if I was unclear in my previous post! The editor was never upset with me; rather, it was the painter who was “disgusted” by what I had written.
- good writing takes time (jesscy.com)
- school of hard knocks (jesscy.com)
- little birdie (jesscy.com)—the poem I wrote while in the throes of writing six articles in one weekend!