Editing & Editors

Why You Need a Children’s Picture Book Editing Specialist

Why You Need a Children’s Picture Book Editing Specialist

You’ve always wanted to do it, and now you finally have. It’s an exhilarating, wonderful feeling, and you have every reason to feel proud. You’ve written that children’s picture book—and you’re fired up and ready to publish. But stop. Before you slip your manuscript...

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Hire a Book Editor? Mark Levine Interviews Lynda Lotman

Hire a Book Editor? Mark Levine Interviews Lynda Lotman

1. Is there a difference between an editor who edits other mediums (magazines, web copy, etc.) and one who specializes in books? Absolutely, because the goals differ, especially for fiction. Newspaper, magazine, and web editors trim and delete to narrow the focus to...

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The Value Of Editors

The Value Of Editors

Recently, the New York Times notified their editorial staff that they were going to lay off or buy out half of them. So the editorial staff published an open letter to Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn. In it, they describe some of what we...

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Facts and Emotions

Facts and Emotions

Sometimes we editors have to distance ourselves from a manuscript. Sometimes that happens when the scope of work requires a lighter touch from the editor than would best serve the manuscript. For example, a manuscript might be difficult to follow, sparse in its...

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Food In Fiction

Food In Fiction

How many of us have favorite books in which there is a food that drives the plot or characterization or just makes the story more interesting? How many of us remember those foods fondly? Maybe those foods make the book even more memorable. Maybe we even associate the...

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What Does A Book Copy Editor Do?

What Does A Book Copy Editor Do?

I can’t count the number of times a new acquaintance has learned what I do for a living and said, “Oh, I’d love to do that! I’d be great at it. I see typos in books all the time!” People who notice typos in books probably would have a knack for copy editing, and...

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The Serenity Prayer for Editors

The Serenity Prayer for Editors

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.[1] This prayer means something different to editors. I’m not talking about what we editors mutter when we see that the manuscript...

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How To Choose A Book Editor

How To Choose A Book Editor

For a year now (or two, or ten), you have been hammering away at your manuscript, revising and reworking every scene and nuance until you know the characters better than you know your spouse. You have sacrificed sleep, dinner with friends, your favorite sitcom, even...

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Author-Editor-Dyad

Author-Editor-Dyad

Everyone who creates a work of art, literary or otherwise, needs an editor. Why? Because creation involves different mentalities than craft; and rare is the artist who has the left brain/right brain balance to be creator and audience at the same time. All the arts...

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How Editors and Writers Work Together

How Editors and Writers Work Together

In a vague sense, every author knows what an editor is there to do—make the manuscript as good as it can be. But how does this process work? And what’s the author’s role in this process? Step 1: Let’s Talk By email or on the phone, the author and the editor meet to...

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Small  Press Interviews Lynda Lotman

Small Press Interviews Lynda Lotman

The following interview appeared in a newsletter published by a small press. Have you ever wondered what an editor really thinks about literature today? When Lynda Lotman (Book Editing Associates) agreed to be interviewed for our Fall newsletter, I knew this edition...

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