Features editor, chief copyeditor, managing editor, Washington, DC - October 13, 2014
We did not have to work set hours. As long as the work was completed in a timely manner, the managing editor was happy. I typically came in at 4 a.m. because it was often necessary for me to call authors in Europe and Russia. I was impressed by the fact that the other editors had been there for quite a long time, and we all worked well together, helping each other as needed. I created the position of the Features Editor and was allowed to implement it. The hardest part of the job was that we sometimes had to try to unravel specifically what an author was trying to say; their sentences could often be ambiguous. However, it was rewarding when we received notes from authors saying how impressed they were with the editing.