Editors and project managers have the same wants, desires, and needs. Recently I provided web content for an agency coordinating a large joint venture project. The two-week turnaround demanded I get things done. When I saw emails going out to the writers saying some items were being discarded for various reasons, I decided to include one or two bonuses per category. That way the client could immediately go to the next one and not have to wait for further research. Because of that I received a happy email from my project manager saying my list made it through and to continue with the written part. No further research also meant I did not have to stop writing so I easily made my deadline.
Coincidentally, when I accepted the job I learned this was the project manager’s first major assignment for this company. My hope is that if she does more projects in the future, she’ll remember me because I made life easy for both of us. This is a good thing because apparently providing web content often pays more than the total advance for a book contract.
While this is not work that particularly moves my spirit or that of anyone else’s it does help provide for my shelter and put food on my table. It also allows me the time to concentrate on my own projects.
My tip? Always do more.