When reviewing assignments, editors are on the lookout for three things: One, image quality; two, spelling, grammar and mechanics; and three, that the Client Notes and Style Guide for each assignment were followed.
If an editor is requesting a revision, it is likely because of one of these three issues. An editor will spot-fix minor errors, but it is the writer's responsibility to replace poor images and fix Style Guide issues.
An editor may also occasionally send back an assignment if the direction or tone need work, but this is pretty rare.
Usually, if an editor is sending an article back it will be a quick fix -- but that depends on how well the writer followed directions in the first place!
Revisions are unpaid.
This means it’s super important to check the style guide, do images the right way and write the best possible article you can the first time!