Work has been extra busy at The Writer this week as associate editor Sarah Lange and I complete space-fitting and last reads on some two dozen articles that will be part of a stand-alone book called The Writer's Guide to Getting Published, which is due out in October. We're sandwiching in this big clump of book editing with our usual chores in getting the magazine out, so things have been bustling.
We also experienced the kind of rare occurrence that throws a monkey wrench into one's best-laid plans: A writer whose 2007 article we hoped to reprint in The Writer's Guide disappeared—as in fell off the face of the Earth. This sounds like a minor glitch, but it's not. If we can't reach the writer for reprint permission, we can't run the article, which means we a) need to pull the article entirely, at the last minute b) scramble to come up with a substitute on the same general topic and at a similar word length, and c) do a hurry-up editing and space-fitting.
Editorial associate Martha Lundin and I expended hours of valuable time trying to contact this writer over a period of months. We tried everything, save a private detective. No answer. So we came up with a good substitute for her article, but are now left to worry whether this young writer has gotten seriously ill in the last couple years, or died.
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