In the interest of fairness, felt like we had to point this out.
After our last few posts, we actually had a couple of commenters step in to defend CE Head Honcho Richard Lally and the CE process in general.
If what he says is true, he talks some sense:
Until a few months ago, when I took a full-time job with a newspaper, I freelanced under Lally for four years.
I don’t know how Eve Lederman runs things, but I honestly think you don’t know what Lally does or how he does it.
For as long as I worked with Demand, Lally continually repeated this mantra: “When you reject an article, only the writers stand to lose money on their time investments. So we should do what we can to guide them to approvals.”
He’s written that in hundreds of memos and personal emails to copy editors, and it wasn’t just words. He put it in daily practice. It was Lally who wrote the tips for copy editors that insist on civil exchanges with the writers. CEs who insult writers risk losing their editing privileges.
When CEs have trashed writers in the forums, Lally removed them those platforms. I remember a copy editor who outed several participants in DSS in the Demand forums, and Lally removed the names as soon as he saw them. He told several CEs that outing wasn’t playing fair.
Lally spends a good part of his day helping writers get their articles approved. He has contacted writers who were on the cusp of rejection for some small but important error, and asked them for corrections, which he then would forward to the CE, so the editor could approve the article. He does that continually.
He also tells editors that they shouldn’t reject articles over trivial errors. He wants the CEs to correct those. He does what he can to help writers avoid unnecessary walk. His other mantra: “If it takes more time to compose a note about an error than it does to correct the error, correct the error yourself.
Fair enough. You can read and respond to the original comment here.
While I was looking for a picture of Richard Lally, I stumbled across the original Demand “Join the Band” video and figure I had to put this back up here again.
I wonder how many of these people are still singing the song?