With the responsibilities I have been given at work I hardly ever talk to editors/reporters on the phone. If I do talk to them it is because I am calling them, I have a script, they know I am pitching them so they just let me give my shspill and then say “no.” That is the extent of my editor interaction.
Today something quite out of the ordinary happened. An editor called ME. [I also want to note that my phone never rings either so it scared the crap out of me when it did]
The editor calling explained that she was having some email problems and was confused as to what article I was pitching her [I had sent her two different ones on request from two different people].
We chatted briefly, got things cleared up and she ended the conversation by telling me that she was planning to post one of the articles for the next day.
This is how the conversation went:
Editor: Tomorrow I will be posting “[Enter really long and boring article headline here]” article will be posted.
Me: Great! I am so grateful…[ahh did I just say grateful!?] ummm I mean glad that you were able to find the article useful. I will let you know on the other article soon.
Editor: Ok, thanks.
Me: Bye [wishing I could take back the last 30 seconds of my life and try again]
***End of most embarrassing phone call ever***
Yes people, I told an editor I was grateful that she was using an article. I mean in all honesty I was grateful because no one had shown any interest in that particular article but I didn’t want to tell her that!
I made it sound like it was a freaking miracle that she was willing to publish our article and that I was full of gratitude for her kindness in allowing our article to be posted. Baaah! I felt like an idiot but at least it has made for a good story and we know I am a GRATEFUL person!