Entering the world of a publishing company is already a big opportunity for anyone who aspires to be an editor in the future but if given the chance to be in the position, he’ll surely take it as a blessing and a responsibility. Hence, there will always be both pros and cons for anything. Being an editor is challenging because you are kind of the captain of the ship. You take control of every content. One of its pros that will surely make your journey as an editor even more exciting is first, you’ll get to pursue and execute your dream concepts for the magazine. The decisions will all be at your hands and because of that, all your creative juices will be squeezed even more. You’ll get to come out of your shell. Secondly, you are to create more webs of connection with the other people in the industry which is somewhat required. Not only you’ll get to work with different kind of people but the fact that you have met them and you’ve learned something from them makes the experience worthy. Thirdly, you’ll be able to practice not only your writing skills but your leadership skills as well. You’ll be able to self-train yourself because you are to manage not only your work but other’s work too. To be an editor, you’ll get to represent your company in behalf of your team and by this you are more expose to other opportunities. One of the perks is certainly that there are invites and free passes on events. Lastly, to be an editor is like living your dream job because not only you are surrounded by the people you share same interests with but you’ll never feel like you’re at work since it’s any editor’s passion to write.
Consecutively, the cons of being an editor are inevitable. You represent the company. Yes, it’s a perk but perhaps can be a con because you somewhat create a public image of yourself. One of very editor’s dilemma is sometimes they think that the world revolves only on their job already. Since it’s not like 9-hour job per day because it seems like you work every minute of the day. Ideas don’t pop in our mind easily and so you have to be observant with what’s the trend so that you’ll have the gist of the public’s interest. In short, it is stressful to be a leader slash writer slash normal person and more. The time of shift in the office is very limited for a writer. Secondly, you work with different writers who have different approach and taste of a good output. It is kind of tricky when writers don’t have similarities in writing because a magazine or newspaper might not end up well. There will be writers who are kind of a newbie so you must have a lot of patience even if it takes to be a murderer of the draft articles. Thirdly, since you are the boss everyone looks up to you that is why you must meet your own standards and expectations for them to see you as their role model. Lastly, if you don’t have good adviser above from you, you’ll never know or realize some of your mistakes so make it a point that you have a mentor to guide you.
I am not a pro to give advice at such topics. All that I have shared are just based on the talks that I attended and perhaps on my little experiences on being a copy editor of our upcoming magazine for our final output on my Editorial Management class.
Every job has its own pros and cons but so what if you’re living your dreams right? You just have to deal with it and adjust to it because the cons will not adjust for you. The learning experience will help you cope up with it. To be an editor is at any writer’s bucket list no matter what it takes.
*Really upset because I was not able to submit this article on time 😦 I’m posting it here instead 😐 #assessmentfailed