I’m in need of a little help. I have recently begun building a freelance writing business. Several months ago, I was hired to be a regular contributing writer for a start-up Christian Lifestyle magazine which is available in 30 states in Walmart, Borders and other national outlets. I’m not making money doing it, but I figured it’s a real magazine with good production values, run by people who, business wise, know what they’re doing and that it would serve as a good launching point to begin marketing myself to other publications.
At any rate, I got a copy of the magazine with my first column in it. And those of you who have some experience probably know what I discovered. It was edited badly. I know everything you write gets edited, sometimes in ways you don’t like, but this was really, really bad. Grammatical errors. Run-on sentences. Repeating ideas. Just bad. There were parts where they left my writing alone, but the parts they messed with were awful. I’m hoping that my next contribution, a feature article for this same magazine isn’t butchered like this. But obviously, there’s a problem in their editorial department. (There were also a couple of errors which anyone could see originated with them like a capitalized word in the middle of the sentence and inappropriate bracket placement. I do know that they have been struggling to keep up their production schedule as they are still fairly early in their start-up phase.)
So, my question is if there’s any way for me to still use this work as an example of published work to demonstrate experience without looking like I don’t understand rules of subject-verb agreement? Can I send a copy of the title with my by-line and a copy of my original submission instead of the whole thing from the magazine? I don’t want to come across as a peevish writer who gets upset over editorial decisions.
I’m sure I’m not the first person to experience this, so any advise you can offer would be greatly appreciated!