Saturday, April 25, 2009

that's not what I said

Do you think I am being needlessly proprietary here?

I received a copy of the April issue of BC Musician Magazine yesterday, which contained my article on DIY methods of music promotion. I had been asked to cut the number of words, which was fine, I understand having a space issue, and then the editor cut another 85 words from the final version. Again, that's fine with me. I recognize that brevity is not my strength. Hell, I am just getting started at 800 words.

But then, they changed my title.

For me this is the deal breaker. I don't mind you cutting my words, but do not change them. Especially when you change it to something lamer than the original.

I had called the article "Indie kids are doing it for themselves". Okay, admittedly not the most brilliant title in the history of titles, but one that has a pop culture reference going for it at the very least. It was renamed "Do it yourself ... indie style".

What the hell is that? Answer: lame.

So just to be bloody-minded, I have put up a link to the article on my sidebar, reverting to the original (far superior) title. If the sidebar is too far to walk, but you would like to read the article, you can also download it here.

I'm still rather pissed, though. As my mother in law would say, as she points her finger into my face, "am I wrong?"


Allison said...

I'd be pissed as well. The two titles have really different continuations. The one they choose plays into the whole "indie scene" a bit too much for my liking...its the word "style".

Besides that though, great article! I am looking forward to hearing more about this Big Rock company, I loved the line, "Benevolent Brewsters." :)

John Mutford said...

I've changed your post labels to "Ranting... Pure Therapy", "Self-Promos... The Shamefree Way" and "Promoting Articles About Self-Promotion... A Guiltfree Approach". There. Much lamer.

mellowlee said...

Oh I would Definitely be pissed off! I'm downloading the article now to enjoy after my trip to return some wonky headphones.

Teddy said...

Editor's prerogative to write the title, whether in the papers or mags. Tough lessons to learn when you're new to the biz.

Volly said...

They should have at least done you the courtesy of advising ahead of time that the title would be changed. Funny how every publisher seems to have a different set of rules.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ah yes, the indie style. I didn't even pick up on that, Al, but you can almost see the patented uniform, too true.
Glad you liked the article, nonetheless. You shall certainly be hearing more of Big Rock.

You know how to get to the heart of the matter, John, and for this I will be forever grateful.

Oh no, not wonky headphones, Mel! Not on Tool night!

I'm not exactly that new to the biz, Teddy, I've been writing regularly for the magazine for 7 months now and they have never changed any of my words before. That said, I respect the editor's right to write the title, providing it's actually better than the original. In this case, I don't believe that it is.

They are a strange and unpredictable bunch, that is for sure, Volly.

Conky said...

well lady, you know how i feel about these mags right about on the verge of a fucking mutiny myself...wait not a mutiny, i am thinking of walking the plank voluntarily.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We need to start our own mag, Jen. You can be the sassy one and I'll be the rich one hahaha.

Gifted Typist said...

It's standard practice for the editor to write the headline ... mostly to make it fit into the layout.

And that often does make it lamer.

I can live with lame headlines, but I bleed ink from my veins when they cut my precious words, so I've learned to write shorter and shorter

Must go back and read the link. Was there a link?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

There was indeed a link, Gifted. There're links all over the place, being the shameless self-promoter that I am.
It hurts financially when words are cut, that's for surem, but it hurts my ego when my words are changed.

justacoolcat said...

I don't know, I kind of want to try doing it Indie Style.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You would, though, JustA!