I am taking some time to CLEAN UP (caps much called for, as I sort through piles of dusty magazines and other assorted papers). In and among the dust, I have found old articles I wrote for student newspapers and old pitches I made, back in the day. One of them I happened upon and it made me smile.
I remember being frightfully affected by editors, perhaps still today, but more so ten plus years ago. I found a perfectly good pitch I made once upon a time, when I was an intern at Toronto Life magazine. I called it “The cultured runner” and itemized some of the quirky/entertaining/historical sights and cool restaurants one could encounter when training for a marathon.
The pitch is not brilliance on the page, no. But neither is it terrible. And it was returned to me with this comment: “Most of what you’d want to know on your run you could get from regularly reading Toronto Life or books about Toronto.” Geez. Ya think?
Anyway, I smile while posting this for the snobbery, which is so very common amongst editors in general. Had I known at that time that so many editors are insecure assholes,* it would have helped me immensely on the journey, so I pass this information on for aspiring young writers today.
*Strong language, not typical of this blog. But I can’t think of a more fitting epithet.by