Editing is an invisible art where the very best work goes undetected. Editors strive to create books that are enlightening, seamless, and pleasurable to read, all while giving credit to the author. This makes it all the more difficult to truly understand the range of roles they inhabit while shepherding a project from concept to publication.
In What Editors Do, Peter Ginna gathers essays from 27 leading figures in book publishing about their work. Representing both large houses and small, and encompassing trade, textbook, academic, and children's publishing, the contributors make the case for why editing remains a vital function to writers - and readers - everywhere.
Ironically for an industry built on words, there has been a scarcity of written guidance on how to actually approach the work of editing. This book will serve as a compendium of professional advice and will be a resource both for those entering the profession (or already in it) and for those outside publishing who seek an understanding of it. It sheds light on how editors acquire books, what constitutes a strong author-editor relationship, and the editor's vital role at each stage of the publishing process - a role that extends far beyond marking up the author's text.
This collection treats editing as both art and craft, and also as a career. It explores how editors balance passion against the economic realities of publishing. What Editors Do shows why, in the face of a rapidly changing publishing landscape, editors are more important than ever.
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Excellent Book and Resource
For anyone interested in editing or writing your own book, this book is imperative. While I wouldn't say it's as good as Stephen King's On Writing (the finest book about writing, in my opinion), it makes for an excellent companion piece as so many essays in this book detail the inner workings of books that work and books that don't. Many times, it's more fascinating to learn why a book is boring or dull than it is to learn why it goes on to become a bestseller.
My only suggestion is that when the female narrator speaks, speed the audio up to 1.25. I'm not sure if her speech was slowed down for this audio book or if she was just talking comically slow.
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- A. P. Hughes
dull, repetitive & annoying. Oh, and repetitive.
save yourself 12 dull hours by just looking at what copy/line/acquisitions editors do on Wikipedia. You certainly won't learn anything else in this book as it just repeats the same information from several different viewpoints.
I thought this book would have tips on how to edit and what is actually done to a manuscript during the editing process but it's simply a long-winded description of the industry as a whole with no information on technique whatsoever.
The female narrator was so unbearable that I had to skip over her sections to the male narrator, so in effect I did actually save myself some of the aforementioned 12 hours.