What Does a Managing Editor do Online?

Cut and pasted from the job boards on ProBlogger.

We’re looking for a content expert/managing editor to help with our content marketing strategy. You’ll work with a very talented team of people all around the country.
Key responsibilities

Creating high-quality, compelling content:

* Edit and rewrite articles and other types of content for tone, accuracy, and brevity
* Being able to manage content creation across a range of media types, including written, visual, audio-visual content (blog posts, ebooks, infographics, white papers, interviews with experts, survey reports, videos, webinars, etc.)
* Identifying and managing a team of writers and other contributors to produce high-impact, high-quality content
* Supervise and coordinate work of writers and other contributors
* Hire other writers as necessary
* Ensuring content is produced to a high standard, on time and on budget
* Developing and managing a content calendar
* Repurposing existing content for multiple uses
* Assist with e-mail marketing duties
Curating high-quality, compelling content:

* Working with the marketing team to understand the subjects of greatest interest to Treehouse’s members
* Identifying and curating content that matches those areas of interest
Engaging and researching community and social media:

* Suggesting the places where high-quality, compelling content can be promoted
* Planning, writing and managing social media posts including link posting, participating in conversation, commenting on content produced by others
* Planning and managing activities aiming to generate traffic from social media

Desired Skills & ExperienceAt least 3 to 5 years of proven experience in content editing and web-based content creation. Skills of copyediting, copywriting, and project management are a requirement.

Content editor experience:

* Knowledge of content production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes different ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media
* Proven ability to research and understand a wide variety of web design, web development, marketing, business and technological topics and bring them forward
* Have established relationships with journalists, writers and subject matter experts
* Great project management skills: ability to organize and prioritize work between different types of contributor
* Excellent copywriting and copyediting skills
* Ability to manage and process a variety of document and media files
* Very high level of accuracy and attention to detail
* Ability to take instruction and work independently
* Excellent oral communication
Content curator experience:

* Ability to identify target audience in online communities
* Ability to research ideas and topics for creation
* Experience in collating the existing content and reusing it
Experience in engaging online communities:

* Experience in managing an online community, moderating comments, overseeing social media communication.

Technical Writing

Suite101 is closing and removing their ecourses from SuiteU. I’ve copied some of them here so they will not be lost and future/ current writers can still learn and benefit from the ecourse.

Technical Writing

By Thomas Martin

Introduction

 

Technical writers have been around for a long time. In some ways, you can even look upon the illuminated manuscripts from medieval times as early technical writing! I mean, they do instruct the faithful in the mysteries of establishing the Kingdom of Heaven on earth or failing that, how to find enough salvation to convince St. Peter let you past the “Pearly Gates.”

However, the job title of technical writer has only existed since the late ’70s or early ’80s. Until then, the programmers who coded the software or the engineers who designed the products wrote most of the documentation.

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Writing as a Form of Gambling

Laura: How do you handle losing at cards? Especially if someone else is a poor winner?

Shawnee: Playing games and gambling should be fun, even when you lose. I have a few simple rules I play by that help me deal with losing:

* Play the game for the fun of it; winning is just the bonus.

* Never bet more than you can afford to lose. Consider the loss like paying for the movie ticket, the shopping trip, the cost of the entertainment; your loss is just the price of admission.

* Mind your manners. Win, lose, or draw, make sure you’ll be invited back again by being gracious not only to your host or hostess, but to whoever invited you to the game and those you’ve played the game with. Relationships are part of the risk-reward equation. And it works both ways. So, when someone else exhibits poor manners, you have the option to decide if you want to keep them in your game, your circle.

Laura: As writers, we face feeling defeated by rejection. Do you think handling defeats in cards and other games helps you face rejection in your writing?

Shawnee: Absolutely! As I’ve said, getting paid to write, online or off, is another form of gambling, really. The same rules apply.

* Write for the fun of it; getting paid is just the bonus.

* Never invest more time in the writing project or pitch than you can afford to lose. If you lose the pitch, if your submission is rejected, that’s part of the writing game — but at least you’ll have an article or written work you can submit elsewhere or use yourself. *wink*

* Mind your manners. This includes publishers, editors, forum mods, etc., and your fellow writers. Everyone is allowed a celebratory, “Hooray!” but no one needs to do a flagrant dance in the end zone — if they do, there are penalties. As a writer, you may not feel you can charge a penalty, but you really can. Even if it’s just by not playing their game; good old fashioned ignoring works. And feel free not to invite rude gloaters into your circle.

Shawnee Rivers runs Dames Of Chance, a girlie blog about playing cards, betting & gambling, a bit of dating… All those fun and somewhat risky things that make the life of a girl a gamble. Know the games, make your own luck!

Magazine Writing

Originally part of the Suite101 University ecourses offered for free. This content is being removed by Suite101. I wanted to keep it active and useful for myself and others.

Magazine Writing

By Lisa-Anne Sanderson

Introduction

 

If you’ve always had an ambition to write, freelance writing for magazines is an excellent place to start. Writing non-fiction articles can be a fun and lucrative hobby, or an interesting way to earn a living. The rise of technology provides writers with the freedom to work at home, another big advantage. The Internet is a wonderful way of doing research, and emails and faxes provide the convenience of being able to send articles straight from home, although some magazine editors still require them to be posted.

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Stop Wasting Your Time… on Titles that Don’t Say Enough

Are you losing potential readers because you don’t post enough information when you try to lure them into your posts?

We read so many leading titles that have promise and then don’t deliver. As writers, we need to give people enough information that they can connect to something we have written about and want to read more. Skipping details might bring curiosity but if the connection is lacking, or not there at all, it just won’t work.

Last night on Twitter I read a Twitter post promoting an article. It sparked my interest but, there wasn’t enough information to make me actually want to click it. In trying to catch my attention the writer was trying to be mysterious and (I guess) provoke my curiousity. It did, but not enough for me to open another window on my web browser.

So I posted back to her on Twitter for more detail. She replied back and said I’d have to click/ read the article to find out.

But, the fact is that I don’t have to. Not at all.


The fact is that her article is just one more in the pack. I didn’t click the link and read it. If she had said it was about surviving cancer, or surviving a plane crash, or surviving a two-year-old temper tantrum… one of those would have been that bit of extra information that would have given me enough reason to read her article. By choosing to keep the mystery she lost my interest.

Even more importantly, I didn’t connect to her article. I didn’t feel it applied to me enough that I needed to read it. That bit of missing information made all the difference.

Stop Thinking About Success and Make It Happen

I give this piece of advice to everyone who reads this article: Stop thinking about success and make it happen. One of the hardest things about being a writer is realizing that not everyone is going to immediately love reading your work. It takes time. But if you truly love what you’re writing about, that love will shine through and when that love shows in your work, that’s what people love to read. Even the most technically gifted writers will fail if they don’t love what they’re doing.

via Stop Thinking About Success and Make It Happen.

This is the comment I left on that post.

The hardest thing about writing for me has always been to sit down, and think anyone would actually want to read anything I have written. They say, write to your audience. That doesn’t work for me. If I think about the people who might read my work I stop and second guess and rethink everything and soon self doubt finishes me for the day. I start spinning my wheels doing stuff that doesn’t really matter.

What do you feel is the hardest thing about being a writer? How do you deal with it (if you are managing to deal with it)?

WordPress Plugins for Writers

I got the idea to make a post about WordPress plugins for writers. I use a few which help me and thought I’d share them. But, I found something interesting when I started looking around to see what other writers like to use. Almost every plugin written about as being “for writers” was for SEO in blogging. Almost none of the plugins reviewed as “for writers” were about writing. Does anyone else think that’s kind of a sad reflection on writing?

Here are the plugins I use which help me with actual writing online (not blog promoting – but blog writing).

  • Custom About Author – Add your social media links and a blurb about yourself to the end of each of your posts.
  • Dashboard: Scheduled Posts – This adds a feature to your WordPress desktop where you can store and view posts you have marked as scheduled/ saved as drafts to be finished later. I use this a lot!
  • Sideblog WordPress Plugin – Run a side blog (in your sidebar) for short posts like quotes and notes.
  • Drop Caps – I used this for awhile but didn’t stick with it. Fun for awhile, but not essential. It does work and was simple to set up.

The following are plugins I have not used myself but they sound interesting. Some of them I will download and try.

  • NetBlog – Connect posts and external resources (websites, pdf, doc, data). Use Captions, Footnotes, Bibliography. Netblog is highly customizable.
  • WP-Typography – Improve your web typography with: hyphenation, space control, intelligent character replacement, and CSS hooks.
  • In-Series – I was thinking to use this to connect posts that I didn’t write as a series originally. I use related posts but this might be a way to hand-pick posts and turn them into a series.
  • Graceful Pull-Quotes – Allows you to make pull-quotes without duplicating content. If the plugin is disabled the pull-quotes disappear seamlessly.
  • Table of Contents Creator – Table of Contents Creator automatically generates a highly customizable dynamic site wide table of contents that is always up-to-date.
  • WP Table of Contents – Add a table of contents to your post. This would be lovely for people who write long posts.
  • Add to All – Add content to your header, footer, etc and keep it even if you change blog themes.
  • Front-end Editor – Edit your typos without going back into the Admin screen.
  • FD Word Statistics – Shows word and sentence counts plus a readability analysis of the post currently being edited using three different readability measurements.

Just for fun – not about writing.

  • Quiz – An alternative to word verification, give commenters a question to answer instead.

Dynamic WP: 11 Useful WordPress Plugins for Wrtiers – These may be useful but they are not free. Some of them I didn’t think were useful when I read down the list but I’m adding the link here as a resource.