I wanted to ask you a question about dealing with a particular editor. For over a year I have been writing blogs for a highly ranked travel blog. In fact I have been writing for them since they launched this particular blog. Recently I noticed that the editor who had been perfectly nice to me until now had begun to send delayed responses to my emails with my blog post suggestions. In the meanwhile she had regularly begun to publish another writer’s posts quite often. I happen to know this writer as I have worked with her on another website and I also know that she quite blatantly plagiarizes content that already exists on the Internet.
Today I got an email from the editor informing that my services were no longer required. I had suspected this for a while especially since last month when this blog published one of my posts with another writer’s byline. Of course they quickly changed it when I raised a hue and cry. I have not replied to this email but I am tempted to write to this editor and inform her about the antics of her new favored writer but I am trying to control the urge as I don’t want to appear churlish.
I just had to write to you as I needed to vent and felt that you having been in the business for much longer would know how to tackle this situation which is causing me much grief and heartburn.
Do send me a reply when you have a moment.
There’s never anything to be gained by badmouthing someone else, period. It only makes you look shabby and tarnishes your soul. So either don’t respond to the email that fired you or just reply something like: I got your message; I’ll miss working with you, and best of luck to you.
I say this even though I agree you were poorly treated. It’s also a shame that the writer they replaced with you has a history of plagiarism. But since that well ranked travel blog no longer wants you there’s not a thing you can do that will help you, or them. If you now report the plagiarizing writer it will only be seen as churlish as you suggest; they won’t listen, and even if they did take you back there would be an unease between you.
The way to get over the aggravation and heartburn is to forgive and move on, or move on and forgive. I know that’s easier said than done, particularly the forgiving part. I find I can help myself forgive someone when I just mentally send them loving kindness, even when, at first, I don’t really mean it.
Use the blog as a reference, link to your best there in your own credit list. Your work will speak for you.
Keep in mind too that this situation developed over a bit of time. It would have been perfectly acceptable to begin looking for replacement work the moment the editor stopped responding to you quickly; that’s usually a sign of trouble of some sort. We’ll never know why the editor decided to work with the other writer and, in truth, it’s really none of our business. Use this as a lesson to notice when relationships with editors begin to go downhill. Sometimes, early on, they can be rescued. Often, however, that’s the time to change jobs.
Image from http://www.sxc.hu