Non-Fiction Editor Has Something To Say!
We’ll, readers, you finally have the opportunity to officially meet our new non-fiction editor. His full bio is on our Editors page; but, he also wanted to do a longer introduction via blog post. So here he is!
I’ve resisted blogging up until now, believing that, much like camcorders, people ought to be required to qualify for ownership by proving their lives are interesting enough. Sadly, I’m rather sure I would fail to achieve video worthy status. That aside, however, much like greatness and mediocrity, oftimes these things are simply thrust upon you. A terse and to the point email from my overbearing and slightly tyrannical Managing Editor suggested I might wish to reconsider my trepidation and begin blogging for the site:
“Blogged or Flogged. Savvy?”
(My single semester of freshman psychology suggests a Napoleon complex there somewhere. Perhaps even a simplex.)
Ergo, this shall serve as my inaugural entry into the blogosphere. So…where to begin this journey?
First, I suppose I should announce that I am the new Nonfiction Editor for Referential Magazine (from what I gather, the previous editor is sedated and resting comfortably; thanks for asking). The woolen mantle of this honor and responsibility was draped upon my shoulders for several reasons, I suppose: my association with the editorial staff, my high editorial standards for quality literature, my interest in furthering the arts by promoting new and emerging writers, and my ignorance at asking if the magazine needed any help. So, this means that when you submit your essays, memoirs, interviews, and such, mine are the bespectacled blue eyes that will first see and reject or send on your submission.
Some words of editorial advice:
Go through and back through your submission before you send it in. I disdain reading a manuscript riddled with simple grammar errors that Word underlined in green or obvious spelling errors in red that the writer ignored. What you send to an editor should be your best possible work and free of proofreading errors.
Read your work out loud from a paper copy. This is the easiest way to spot errors. Keep your red pencil handy.
Out the trite, the obvious, the cliché. If you begin a sentence with “Needless to say,” then that section is.
I will post in another entry my rants on the obvious and cliché, but let it suffice that I am looking for and will always publish new and innovative and novel. Surprise me with your attention to the mechanics of writing as well as your content.
And with that, we are at the end of my first blog entry. Painless. I’ll see you here again soon.
—Carl Eugene Moore