Samizdata - 12:48 am on Jan 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
I would suggest that you only need one employee - an in-house editor.
Most writers dislike being edited, it is only natural.
But almost all of them need it.
Even novelists have editors, and in this case the work is effectively commercial.
Hacks have to live with having their purple prose edited, and rightly so.
When I was an editor I would "improve" copy mercilessly, but I always gave the writer a proof so they could raise any issues before publication - I certainly didn't want to misrepresent them, but quality control was vital, a consistent house style was required, and in a print publication there was always the issue of physical space (still a concern on a website, though less so).
The editor takes guidance from the proprietor (in this case you) and deals with the contributors.
S/he needs to be both sensitive and ruthless, understand that the publication as a whole is more
important than any individual piece, and must be able to write extremely well.
Any contributor who does not accept editing is not worth having.