September is Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month

September means many things to many people. It’s the start of fall or the start of off-season travel for those budget hunting travelers (like me). School is back in session now, a time of year that my mother always appreciated. And for us Sacramentans, it’s hopefully the start of relief from the searing summer heat.

It’s also national Sewing Month, Chicken Month, Healthy Aging Month, Mushroom Month, Shameless Promotion Month (yes, that’s right, Shameless Promotion Month!), Honey Month, Fall Hat Month, Children’s Good Manners Month, Classical Music Month, and most importantly, Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month.

Who thinks of all these themes? But as a writer and an editor, I couldn’t resist promoting “Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month.” Why do we need a month dedicated to kindness for editors and writers anyway? Writers, they’re everywhere. They write for newspapers, pen our favorite novels, create our  TV shows and produce the web content that we read on our iPhones. Underpaid, overworked, writing against a deadline, dealing with writer’s block, and for all the freelancers out there, in continual search of the next job.  Why do we do it? To inform, to serve the public, to be creative, to tell the truth, to entertain, to share the untold story of the local hero. For many writers, it’s an addiction, but a good one.

And what about editors? As an editor myself, I can tell you the stress of the deadlines and always planning ahead for the next issue can result in many sleepless nights. So what is the joy in that job, you ask? It’s the satisfaction of working with a new writer and helping them build their portfolio. It’s the fun of working with all of the experienced writers and discovering the novel ways in which they took your subject and wrote an amazing and interesting piece for your publication. I learn from our writers all the time! And it’s the excitement of going to local events, meeting new people, networking, trying new foods and restaurants, and learning about the many worthwhile fund raising causes and programs that give back to the community.

So if you’re an editor, I thank you for the work you do. I now know what goes into your job, coming up with story ideas, juggling writers and photographers, reviewing, fact checking and editing, planning ahead and finding new talent.  As a writer myself, I appreciate what you do to edit and improve on our work.

And for you writers out there, especially the ones that write for our magazine, let me extend some kindness your way. In the words of another writer and poet, Julia A.F. Carney, Little Things, “Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, help to make earth happy like the heaven above.”

Thank you for your news and entertainment. I appreciate every single day the words you write, for without you, life would be a little dull.