Thursday, February 14, 2008

Worst Feature Idea. Ever.

Seven years ago, when I was a commissioning editor, a young hackette pitched me the following feature idea:

"What about something on really bad things that have happened on Valentine's Day, eg St. Valentine's Day Massacre?"

I wrote back: "give me three others."

We never heard from her again.

4 comments:

JGS said...

Have you changed your mind about Max Gogarty, then?

Apologies if you've, like, actually checked this, but is he NOT the 19-year-old son of Paul Gogarty, who six years ago wrote about his 13-year-old son in The Guardian Travel section?

Poor kid, anyway.

Anonymous said...

The Guardian travel editor must have his facts wrong then:
http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/blogs/2008/02/guardians-teenage-travel-blogg.html

Jan said...

Darn it, I was going to suggest Max Gogarty's travel blog as the worst feature idea ever. I am clearly SO two weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps she'll re-pitch the idea in light of yesterday's tragedy?