Wednesday, November 17Posted by Shelly Holder
Me? I'm not disappointed the article never ran. Or particularly surprised. Frankly, I'm even a little bit glad it didn't. Why?
The "reporter" who interviewed me was completely, scandalously unprofessional.
If I, the subject of your work, am not impressed, I doubt any editor is going to interested in your piece. Basic common sense, right?
At first, I was excited. Oh, shiny! I'm getting interviewed! But it soon devolved. The reporter had a huge lag time- weeks worth (and remember THEY contacted ME). Our first interaction is a brief email- no salutation, greeting, signature, punctuation, basic capitalization- but most horrendously....
This "professional" used "PLZ" and "THX!"
AS IF IT WAS TOTALLY ACCEPTABLE.
I'm sorry. Even if you're a 20-something, and I'm a 20-something, in a work capacity, SPELL OUT WORDS IN STANDARD ENGLISH.
Co-workers turned buddies?- check. Use all the abrevs you want.
Inner office email between said office buddies?- check. I doubt a client ever sees those.
Professional Twitter?- check. Necessary because of character count and oh so a la mode.
Texts?- check. See above "co-workers" (plus, Starbucks orders are just a hassle to type anyways)
A super hip writing blog- in balance, in context, with the right voice, and the right audience? Yeah, ABSOLUTELY!!
The first communication to establish a working relationship???
Oh, hells, no.
Actually, after that one email, I considered calling off the entire thing.
Two hours AFTER our scheduled appointment passed (a lunch meeting that just COULDN'T be interrupted) I was certain that a) this story would never sell, and b) I would never work with this reporter again.
The interview had good bones, but the story languishes.
Meanwhile, my obsessive butt is getting published! *evil twinkle* Anyone get a lesson outta that?
What I'm listening to: the new squeaky keyboard cover that got delivered today. It's almost typewriter-esque. I kinda like it.
What I want most: mmmm, some clothing from Urban Outfitters. And makeup from Sephora. Oh, and a pony.