Developmental Editing

Author: Scott Norton
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226595160
Release Date: 2009-08-01
Genre: Reference

Editing is a tricky business. It requires analytical flair and creative panache, the patience of a saint and the vision of a writer. Transforming a manuscript into a book that edifies, inspires, and sells? That’s the job of the developmental editor, whose desk is the first stop for many manuscripts on the road to bookdom—a route ably mapped out in the pages of Developmental Editing. Author Scott Norton has worked with a diverse range of authors, editors, and publishers, and his handbook provides an approach to developmental editing that is logical, collaborative, humorous, and realistic. He starts with the core tasks of shaping the proposal, finding the hook, and building the narrative or argument, and then turns to the hard work of executing the plan and establishing a style. Developmental Editing includes detailed case studies featuring a variety of nonfiction books—election-year polemic, popular science, memoir, travel guide—and authors ranging from first-timer to veteran, journalist to scholar. Handy sidebars offer advice on how to become a developmental editor, create effective illustration programs, and adapt sophisticated fiction techniques (such as point of view, suspense, plotting, character, and setting) to nonfiction writing. Norton’s book also provides freelance copyeditors with a way to earn higher fees while introducing more creativity into their work lives. It gives acquisitions, marketing, and production staff a vocabulary for diagnosing a manuscript’s flaws and techniques for transforming it into a bestseller. And perhaps most importantly, Developmental Editing equips authors with the concrete tools they need to reach their audiences.

Developmental Editing

Author: Scott Norton
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226595153
Release Date: 2011-11-30
Genre: Reference

Editing is a tricky business. It requires analytical flair and creative panache, the patience of a saint and the vision of a writer. Transforming a manuscript into a book that edifies, inspires, and sells? That’s the job of the developmental editor, whose desk is the first stop for many manuscripts on the road to bookdom—a route ably mapped out in the pages of Developmental Editing. Author Scott Norton has worked with a diverse range of authors, editors, and publishers, and his handbook provides an approach to developmental editing that is logical, collaborative, humorous, and realistic. He starts with the core tasks of shaping the proposal, finding the hook, and building the narrative or argument, and then turns to the hard work of executing the plan and establishing a style. Developmental Editing includes detailed case studies featuring a variety of nonfiction books—election-year polemic, popular science, memoir, travel guide—and authors ranging from first-timer to veteran, journalist to scholar. Handy sidebars offer advice on how to become a developmental editor, create effective illustration programs, and adapt sophisticated fiction techniques (such as point of view, suspense, plotting, character, and setting) to nonfiction writing. Norton’s book also provides freelance copyeditors with a way to earn higher fees while introducing more creativity into their work lives. It gives acquisitions, marketing, and production staff a vocabulary for diagnosing a manuscript’s flaws and techniques for transforming it into a bestseller. And perhaps most importantly, Developmental Editing equips authors with the concrete tools they need to reach their audiences.

Developmental Editing

Author: Scott Norton
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226595145
Release Date: 2009-03-23
Genre: Reference

Editing is a tricky business. It requires analytical flair and creative panache, the patience of a saint and the vision of a writer. Transforming a manuscript into a book that edifies, inspires, and sells? That’s the job of the developmental editor, whose desk is the first stop for many manuscripts on the road to bookdom—a route ably mapped out in the pages of Developmental Editing. Author Scott Norton has worked with a diverse range of authors, editors, and publishers, and his handbook provides an approach to developmental editing that is logical, collaborative, humorous, and realistic. He starts with the core tasks of shaping the proposal, finding the hook, and building the narrative or argument, and then turns to the hard work of executing the plan and establishing a style. Developmental Editing includes detailed case studies featuring a variety of nonfiction books—election-year polemic, popular science, memoir, travel guide—and authors ranging from first-timer to veteran, journalist to scholar. Handy sidebars offer advice on how to become a developmental editor, create effective illustration programs, and adapt sophisticated fiction techniques (such as point of view, suspense, plotting, character, and setting) to nonfiction writing. Norton’s book also provides freelance copyeditors with a way to earn higher fees while introducing more creativity into their work lives. It gives acquisitions, marketing, and production staff a vocabulary for diagnosing a manuscript’s flaws and techniques for transforming it into a bestseller. And perhaps most importantly, Developmental Editing equips authors with the concrete tools they need to reach their audiences.

What Editors Want

Author: Philippa J. Benson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226043135
Release Date: 2012-12-07
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Research publications have always been key to building a successful career in science, yet little if any formal guidance is offered to young scientists on how to get research papers peer reviewed, accepted, and published by leading scientific journals. With What Editors Want, Philippa J. Benson and Susan C. Silver, two well-respected editors from the science publishing community, remedy that situation with a clear, straightforward guide that will be of use to all scientists. Benson and Silver instruct readers on how to identify the journals that are most likely to publish a given paper, how to write an effective cover letter, how to avoid common pitfalls of the submission process, and how to effectively navigate the all-important peer review process, including dealing with revisions and rejection. With supplemental advice from more than a dozen experts, this book will equip scientists with the knowledge they need to usher their papers through publication.

What Editors Do

Author: Peter Ginna
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226300030
Release Date: 2017-10-06
Genre: Reference

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 twenty-seven 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.

Editors on Editing

Author: Gerald Gross
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 0802132634
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Essays discuss writers' conferences, editing for specific markets, the role of the editorial assistant, and editing specific genres

The Subversive Copy Editor

Author: Carol Fisher Saller
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226734101
Release Date: 2009-08-01
Genre: Reference

Each year writers and editors submit over three thousand grammar and style questions to the Q&A page at The Chicago Manual of Style Online. Some are arcane, some simply hilarious—and one editor, Carol Fisher Saller, reads every single one of them. All too often she notes a classic author-editor standoff, wherein both parties refuse to compromise on the "rights" and "wrongs" of prose styling: "This author is giving me a fit." "I wish that I could just DEMAND the use of the serial comma at all times." "My author wants his preface to come at the end of the book. This just seems ridiculous to me. I mean, it’s not a post-face." In The Subversive Copy Editor, Saller casts aside this adversarial view and suggests new strategies for keeping the peace. Emphasizing habits of carefulness, transparency, and flexibility, she shows copy editors how to build an environment of trust and cooperation. One chapter takes on the difficult author; another speaks to writers themselves. Throughout, the focus is on serving the reader, even if it means breaking "rules" along the way. Saller’s own foibles and misadventures provide ample material: "I mess up all the time," she confesses. "It’s how I know things." Writers, Saller acknowledges, are only half the challenge, as copy editors can also make trouble for themselves. (Does any other book have an index entry that says "terrorists. See copy editors"?) The book includes helpful sections on e-mail etiquette, work-flow management, prioritizing, and organizing computer files. One chapter even addresses the special concerns of freelance editors. Saller’s emphasis on negotiation and flexibility will surprise many copy editors who have absorbed, along with the dos and don’ts of their stylebooks, an attitude that their way is the right way. In encouraging copy editors to banish their ignorance and disorganization, insecurities and compulsions, the Chicago Q&A presents itself as a kind of alter ego to the comparatively staid Manual of Style. In The Subversive Copy Editor, Saller continues her mission with audacity and good humor.

Getting It Published

Author: William Germano
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226281544
Release Date: 2016-04-08
Genre: Reference

For more than a decade, writers have turned to William Germano for his insider’s take on navigating the world of scholarly publishing. A professor, author, and thirty-year veteran of the book industry, Germano knows what editors want and what writers need to know to get their work published. Today there are more ways to publish than ever, and more challenges to traditional publishing. This ever-evolving landscape brings more confusion for authors trying to understand their options. The third edition of Getting It Published offers the clear, practicable guidance on choosing the best path to publication that has made it a trusted resource, now updated to include discussions of current best practices for submitting a proposal, of the advantages and drawbacks of digital publishing, and tips for authors publishing textbooks and in open-access environments. Germano argues that it’s not enough for authors to write well—they also need to write with an audience in mind. He provides valuable guidance on developing a compelling book proposal, finding the right publisher, evaluating a contract, negotiating the production process, and, finally, emerging as a published author. “This endlessly useful and expansive guide is every academic’s pocket Wikipedia: a timely, relevant, and ready resource on scholarly publishing, from the traditional monograph to the digital e-book. I regularly share it, teach it, and consult it myself, whenever I have a question on titling a chapter, securing a permission, or negotiating a contract. Professional advice simply does not get any savvier than this pitch-perfect manual on how to think like a publisher.”—Diana Fuss, Princeton University

Microsoft Word for Publishing Professionals

Author: Jack M. Lyon
Publisher:
ISBN: 143410236X
Release Date: 2008-07
Genre: Computers

Still working the hard way? Make your life easier with this compilation of articles from Editorium Update, a nitty-gritty electronic newsletter for publishing professionals. Here's the scoop on Microsoft Word's macros, styles, templates, wildcards, customization features, and much, much more. Full of specific, step-by-step examples that will take you far beyond the basics, this is a rich and detailed guide for anyone who wants to master Microsoft Word. Some of the sharpest, most useful tidbits about Microsoft Word I've ever seen. Jack Lyon does a superb job of presenting expert-level instruction at a level almost any Word user can manage. -Dan A. Wilson, The Editor's Desktop This is not your usual 'Ctrl+B will make characters bold' stuff. This is serious information for people who regularly use Word to edit serious material. -Tom Anderson, Word Help for Professional Editors, Sacra Blue. Jack Lyon is quite simply the Microsoft Word Jedi Master: Obi-Jack. He automates tasks in Word that would be hard to do 'by hand'-and in some cases, just flat out wouldn't be possible to do. If you use Word to do your job, like me, and have wished that Word 'could only do this or only do that' . . . check it out. -Doug Clapp, PocketPCPress Jack M. Lyon is a book editor who got tired of working the hard way and started creating programs to automate editing tasks in Microsoft Word. He's been working in publishing since 1978 and editing on the computer since 1985. In 1996 he founded the Editorium (www.editorium.com), which provides Microsoft Word add-ins for publishing professionals. Formerly managing editor at Deseret Book Company, he now owns and operates Waking Lion Press (www.wakinglionpress.com). He is also the coauthor of a business book, Managing the Obvious, and a contributor to Word Hacks from O'Reilly.

How to Start a Home based Editorial Services Business

Author: Barbara Fuller
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780762795307
Release Date: 2013-05-07
Genre: Business & Economics

Freelance editors with the right skills are in demand throughout the publishing industry, for other types of businesses, and for independent authors with publishing projects. This book guides the reader through the steps needed to set up a home-based business, from determining which services to offer to marketing and developing a fee structure. Chapters cover the different types of editorial services (including developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, and indexing) and offer valuable insight to the business end of working from a home office, addressing overhead concerns, money matters, the advantages and disadvantages of freelance editing, and more. The book also explores strategies for working successfully with clients. How to Start a Home-based Editorial Services Business is the one complete resource for this line of work. With more than a half million copies sold, Globe Pequot Press continues to grow its ever popular How To Start a Home-based Business series. Each volume includes worksheets, business and marketing forms, and everything you need to know about business start-up costs and strategies.

Perfect Bound

Author: Katherine Pickett
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 9780991499120
Release Date: 2014-09-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Know What to Expect on the Road to Publication! With a balanced treatment of fiction and nonfiction books as well as traditional and indie publishing, Perfect Bound is the ideal reference for new authors. • Determine your route: Assess your strengths and weaknesses to find the publishing path that’s right for you • Build your publishing team: Discover best practices for finding and working with publishing professionals • Learn from the experts: Get inside tips, advice, and real-life stories from the author and 11 Roadside Assistants¬—publishing professionals and other successful authors ready to help you succeed • Avoid the potholes: Identify and overcome some of the biggest mistakes new authors make • Prepare for success: Take steps today to create a high-quality and highly marketable book If the prospect of publishing a book has you feeling overwhelmed, Perfect Bound has the answers and guidance you need to make your journey to publication successful and enjoyable. Go for it!

The Editor s Eye

Author: Stacy Ennis
Publisher:
ISBN: 1937645053
Release Date: 2013-05-13
Genre:

Editing is integral to the writing process, but its role is often misunderstood. What if editing could make writing less stressful and more enjoyable? What if it could help you write sharper, more compelling prose? The Editor's Eye: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Book from Good to Great shows you how editing can help you write your best book. In this no-nonsense guide, book coach and editor Stacy Ennis takes you through the ins and outs of the often bewildering book-editing process. As you begin to understand how writing and editing complement each other, you'll become more confident as a writer, finish your book faster, and move toward the ultimate goal: publication. Seasoned and would-be authors will discover how to: Master the basics: Understand the four core editing stages and when they should take place. Write with an editor's eye: Streamline your writing with self-editing tips. Hire and work with editors. Learn where to look, what you can expect to pay, and how to collaborate. Revise painlessly. Implement editor and reader feedback with ease. Learn from the pros. Get advice from 20 publishing experts, fiction and nonfiction authors, and editors. To learn more about The Editor's Eye and to download free resources, such as a sample style guide, sample letter of agreement, manuscript review form, editing checklist, visit www.nightowlspress.com/e-book-store/the-editors-eye/.

The Editor s Companion

Author: Steve Dunham
Publisher: Writers Digest Books
ISBN: 1599639025
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Accompanied by helpful references, suggestions and tips, an expert introduction to editing for both beginning and experienced editors reveals how to apply the rules and standards of written English to other people's writing and help writers communicate effectively. Original.

Careers in Electronic Publishing

Author: Peter K. Ryan
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 9781448896004
Release Date: 2013-07-15
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

The publishing industry is rapidly evolving and jobs in the business are changing as well. This book introduces readers to the variety of fields in electronic publishing. Readers learn about the education required to enter the business, including the technical and computer skills necessary. They learn about the basic concepts in publishing electronically, such as editing, production, and distribution, as well as copyright, piracy, and changing business models. The book outlines the various jobs, among them writers, editors, production editors, designers, and marketing and distribution professionals. Tools for electronic publishing, such as Photoshop and InDesign are introduced. Content platforms such as XML and ePub are also explained along with new promotion tools including social media. Finally, the book takes a look at what the future of electronic publishing may be. It serves as a great resource for those who are interested in publishing the written word in the digital age.

Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers

Author: Louise Harnby
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 1484106210
Release Date: 2013-04-12
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Are you thinking about starting a new editing or proofreading business? Written for those with no prior publishing or editorial experience, this practical guide takes new editorial freelancers, step by step, through the basics of planning their career. Chapters focus on why a business plan is necessary, the different aspects of editorial freelancing, training, client focus, getting experience, financial assessment, promotion, networking, tools for the job, and real-world case studies featuring new starters. Additional material includes tips from experienced practitioners that illustrate the tasks and learning goals discussed, as well as useful tools and resources. Published in association with the Publishing Training Centre. 'This is exactly the book that would-be editorial freelancers need to read before setting up their businesses.' (Katharine O'Moore-Klopf, ELS; KOK Edit) 'If you're thinking of setting out on the journey to becoming a freelance editorial professional, make sure this is the first book you read.' (Hazel Harris, Wordstitch) 'Essential reading for anyone thinking of setting themselves up as a freelance editor.' (Jen Hamilton-Emery, Salt Publishing) 'Helpful, hopeful, yet realistic about the challenges ahead, this book will leave its readers better informed, and therefore better prepared, for their entry into this highly competitive field.' (Madhubanti Bhattacharyya, Edward Elgar Publishing)