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Getting Published (where's my input)

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So I got published in a paper today (yay, fake celebration) at my university (suddenly less exciting) and I hated it (oh). I know that a lot of times people will say that artists or people of my personality (INFP if you're wondering) can't take criticism on their work. In many ways, this is completely true for me. If someone makes changes or suggests them to me without consulting me, or handing me an explanation as to what brought them to that conclusion, I resent them for it. Because I feel like they're targeting me, not my work. That is exactly how I felt today when my article was published.

First of all, they turned it into a religious thing (sure I mentioned Easter, but just because it's the most recent holiday a lot of people celebrate and know about) when I'm actually agnostic and hate having "God" sneak its way into messages. They did this by giving it a horrendously long and misleading title that just made me barf a little in my mouth. Then, as I go through the article (it started out alright at least, my introduction was untouched) I started spotting tiny little changes where the editor had gone in with a scalpel and just fucked with my work. Just fucked with it. I never got an email saying "hey can we literally just make you look incompetent as a writer at certain points" or anything.

There were contractions in places I left the words separate for emphasis, words repeated so closely together it seemed as though I had lit my thesaurus on fire while writing, complete lack of parallelism at a certain point where I had it and they decided, 'nah fuck grammar,' and at points, my voice was ripped out of the piece and replaced momentarily with someone else.

Needless to say, I am not happy. Yet in all of this, I see what it is like to get published (this was the first time I ever have been published since before I was too fearful of rejection and humiliation) and I see that not everyone is willing to work with the author to get the best possible outcome. My friends have read through the article, and they love it. It just hurts me though, knowing that it's not my perfect work, it's not my vision entirely.

I must sound pretty selfish at this point, so I'll end the rant here, but I just want to say this: I get that edits and changes are necessary, just keep in mind to run them by the person who made the original.

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  1. Aquilo's Avatar
    I can only go by fiction editing, but any changes should usually be cleared with the author. There's always scope for the publisher's word being final, but it's not taken the extreme that author voice is lost. So I can understand your resentment.

    It's not always like this, so just put it down to a bad experience. Easier said than done, I know, but...
  2. Greyson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Aquilo
    I can only go by fiction editing, but any changes should usually be cleared with the author. There's always scope for the publisher's word being final, but it's not taken the extreme that author voice is lost. So I can understand your resentment.

    It's not always like this, so just put it down to a bad experience. Easier said than done, I know, but...
    In the end, fiction is the road I want to go down anyway, so just knowing it's different there makes me feel better.
  3. Greyson's Avatar
    Update: My friends and family somehow found it...I didn't direct them to the article...and they all love it. They keep saying I did a great job, and all I can do is think about how much I hate the one they read. WEIRD.
  4. Reichelina's Avatar
    I understand your sentiment. INFP too.
    Everything I do is a direct reflection of who I am and I cannot separate myself to what I do that's why I'm trying to improve on this part of me. But it's hard. Even at work you know. Anything my boss say are "for improvement" is a shout to me "You're not good enough".

    This is also why I find it hard to critique without losing my mind.
    I'm not good at being objective and I trained myself not to judge anyone cause I know how it makes me feel.

    I gotta try improving though.

    Anyway, you should celebrate.
    I think we ought to celebrate the little things including the fact that you were able to finish writing it, yeah?
    Here have some wine,

    congrats!
  5. Greyson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Reichelina
    I understand your sentiment. INFP too.
    Everything I do is a direct reflection of who I am and I cannot separate myself to what I do that's why I'm trying to improve on this part of me. But it's hard. Even at work you know. Anything my boss say are "for improvement" is a shout to me "You're not good enough".

    This is also why I find it hard to critique without losing my mind.
    I'm not good at being objective and I trained myself not to judge anyone cause I know how it makes me feel.

    I gotta try improving though.

    Anyway, you should celebrate.
    I think we ought to celebrate the little things including the fact that you were able to finish writing it, yeah?
    Here have some wine,

    congrats!
    But I'm only 20, I can't drink! (legally >.>)
  6. Reichelina's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Greyson
    But I'm only 20, I can't drink! (legally >.>)
    Well, do you know that sparkling non alcoholic wine? Drink that. It tastes like grape juice. I don't drink either. Empty calories! Hahaha.
  7. Smith's Avatar
    Congrats on being published!

    Being a staff writer on my high-school newspaper, I understand your frustration. The teacher doesn't actually run the class; we have two students who are editors in chief. Our teacher really just "oversees" things.

    Don't get me wrong, my editors are really cool and I get along with them, and fortunately they haven't done anything close to what happened to you! I'd even say that they've helped me improve, at least as far as journalistic writing is concerned. There still are times though where we have to compromise on disagreements.

    That's just the nature of publishing *sometimes*.

    Best of luck! Hopefully your next publishing experience will be much better and cooperative!

    Your fellow agnostic friend and INFP who is taking the hobbits to Isengard,

    -Kyle
    Updated March 28th, 2016 at 04:11 AM by Smith
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