Category Archives: Editing

On Editing Literary Fiction in Particular (or, Keeping the Pulse)

While many editing tasks seem to be semi-straightforward, dealing with literary fiction is definitely its own animal. Even in genre fiction there are better known standards for structure and style, and while the occasional genre piece may transcend into literary … Continue reading

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Design, Marketing, and the Audience (or, Ensuring Metabolism)

Design When working with designers, Marshall Lee, in his well-known volume Bookmaking, says that, “Editors are involved with the design/production process in two ways: (a) imparting knowledge of the book to design, and (b) checking the preparation of the book … Continue reading

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Relating to the House (or, Making Sure People Don’t Hate You)

“Throughout, the editor is usually attempting to bring as many relevant colleagues into the picture as possible, with the double purpose of interesting them in the book and author at hand, and of demonstrating to the author that a team … Continue reading

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Copy editing (or, Copyediting)

Copy editing is another challenging role for an editor. A quality copy editor is an excellent mimic, one who is capable of finding the tone and voice of an author and have it be consistent throughout the length of the … Continue reading

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Developmental Editing (or, Digestion)

“Are you saying it as clearly and consistently as possible?” -Alan D. Williams Once picked up, a manuscript will go to the developmental editor. If the author has made it through the acquisitions experience with a smile still on their … Continue reading

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Acquisitions (or, Eating Books)

“There are times when you must finally say: ‘Although this is a bad idea, it is also badly written.’”  -Schuster But he also said this: “Don’t pass judgment on a manuscript as it is, but as it can be made … Continue reading

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Meddling Editors (or, Sinning Boldly)

(This essay was originally written on the subject of book editing and book publishing but I believe it applies to the entire business of publishing/producing stories. I reworked this first post to apply more abstractly to stories in general, regardless … Continue reading

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