Thursday, July 11, 2013

Another Step in the Evolution of a Curmudgeon

I'm getting close to turning down all future offers to contribute chapters to volumes edited by others. Increasingly, I find that, having accepted such an offer, I am unable to draft a chapter that matches the editor's "vision." That vision, more often than not, is either poorly communicated or not communicated at all; if and when I finally come to understand it, I frequently do not find it compatible with my own ideas. In consequence, the writing process becomes a series of uneasy negotiations between author and editor, which can hardly be good for the end product.

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