Developmental Editing

A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers
Author: Scott Norton
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226595161
Category: Reference
Page: 252
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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

A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers
Author: Scott Norton
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226595153
Category: Reference
Page: 252
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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

An Author's Guide to Scientific Journal Publishing
Author: Philippa J. Benson,Susan C. Silver
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226043134
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 178
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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

The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing
Author: Peter Ginna
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022630003X
Category: Reference
Page: 320
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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

What Writers Need to Know about what Editors Do
Author: Gerald Gross
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 9780802132635
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 377
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Essays discuss writers' conferences, editing for specific markets, the role of the editorial assistant, and editing specific genres

The Subversive Copy Editor

Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself)
Author: Carol Fisher Saller
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226734102
Category: Reference
Page: 148
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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.

How to Start a Home-based Editorial Services Business


Author: Barbara Fuller
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762795301
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
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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.

Telling True Stories

A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University
Author: Mark Kramer,Wendy Call
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1440628947
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 352
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Inspiring stories and practical advice from America’s most respected journalists The country’s most prominent journalists and nonfiction authors gather each year at Harvard’s Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism. Telling True Stories presents their best advice—covering everything from finding a good topic, to structuring narrative stories, to writing and selling your first book. More than fifty well-known writers offer their most powerful tips, including: • Tom Wolfe on the emotional core of the story • Gay Talese on writing about private lives • Malcolm Gladwell on the limits of profiles • Nora Ephron on narrative writing and screenwriters • Alma Guillermoprieto on telling the story and telling the truth • Dozens of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists from the Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and more . . . The essays contain important counsel for new and career journalists, as well as for freelance writers, radio producers, and memoirists. Packed with refreshingly candid and insightful recommendations, Telling True Stories will show anyone fascinated by the art of writing nonfiction how to bring people, scenes, and ideas to life on the page. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders


Author: K. D. Sullivan,Merilee Eggleston
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 9780071491228
Category: Reference
Page: 304
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Packed with customizable editing tools--this practical, up-to-date reference includes the latest on writing and editing online The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders is an indispensable resource for writers, editors, proofreaders, and virtually everyone responsible for crafting clear, polished writing. Ideal for professionals and novices alike, it guides you through the entire proofreading and editing process and features a CD-ROM with more than 25 interactive tools and checklists. This all-in-one package offers style sheet templates, a list of editor’s symbols, comprehensive editing and proofreading checklists, and guides to commonly misspelled and confused words. It also presents advice on electronically editing and proofreading for the Web.

Writing and Publishing

The Librarian's Handbook
Author: Carol Smallwood
Publisher: American Library Association
ISBN: 0838909965
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 189
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Have you ever considered writing or reviewing for the library community? Are you interested in publishing a book on your favorite author or hobby? Do you need to write and publish for tenure? If so, Writing and Publishing is for you. Practical how-to guidance from library professionals will help you write: as an expert for other library professionals; creative copy and information about your library; copy for websites, blogs, and online columns; bibliographic essays and lists; and, book reviews (formal and informal). Writing and Publishing will serve as a great resource, whether in taking the anxiety out of writing or refining your style, you'll use this book as much as your pen or keyboard!

Microsoft Word for Publishing Professionals


Author: Jack M. Lyon
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781434102362
Category: Computers
Page: 632
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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.

Editing Research

The Author Editing Approach to Providing Effective Support to Writers of Research Papers
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781573875318
Category:
Page: N.A
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Handbook for Academic Authors


Author: Beth Luey
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521194989
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 276
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Whether you are a graduate student seeking to publish your first article, a new Ph.D. revising your dissertation for publication, or an experienced author working on a new monograph, textbook, or digital publication, Handbook for Academic Authors provides reliable, concise advice about selecting the best publisher for your work, maintaining an optimal relationship with your publisher, submitting manuscripts to book and journal publishers, working with editors, navigating the production process, and helping to market your book. It also offers information about illustrations, indexes, permissions, and contracts and includes a chapter on revising dissertations and one on the financial aspects of publishing. The book covers not only scholarly monographs but also textbooks, anthologies, multiauthor books, and trade books. This fifth edition has been revised and updated to align with new technological and financial realities, taking into account the impact of digital technology and the changes it has made in authorship and publishing.

The Editor's Companion

An Indispensable Guide to Editing Books, Magazines, Online Publications, and More
Author: Steve Dunham
Publisher: Writers Digest Books
ISBN: 9781599639024
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 231
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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.

Perfect Bound

How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro
Author: Katherine Pickett
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0991499123
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 301
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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

A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Book from Good to Great
Author: Stacy Ennis
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781937645052
Category:
Page: 188
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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/.

Getting It Published

A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books, Third Edition
Author: William Germano
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022628154X
Category: Reference
Page: 304
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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

The Copyeditor's Handbook

A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications
Author: Amy Einsohn
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520932562
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 574
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The Copyeditor's Handbook is a lively, practical manual for newcomers to publishing and for experienced editors who want to fine-tune their skills or broaden their understanding of the craft. Addressed to copyeditors in book publishing and corporate communications, this thoughtful handbook explains what copyeditors do, what they look for when they edit a manuscript, and how they develop the editorial judgment needed to make sound decisions. This revised edition reflects the most recent editions of The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.), the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.), and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.).

What Editors Do

The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing
Author: Peter Ginna
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022629997X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 310
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"[This book] 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."--

The History and Theory of Rhetoric

An Introduction
Author: James A. Herrick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315404125
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 330
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By tracing the traditional progression of rhetoric from the Greek Sophists to contemporary theorists, The History and Theory of Rhetoric illustrates how persuasive public discourse performs essential social functions and shapes our daily worlds. Students gain a conceptual framework for evaluating and practicing persuasive writing and speaking in a wide range of settings and in both written and visual media. This new 6th edition includes greater attention to non-Western studies, as well as contemporary developments such as the rhetoric of science, feminist rhetoric, the rhetoric of display, and comparative rhetoric. Known for its clear writing style and contemporary examples throughout, The History and Theory of Rhetoric emphasizes the relevance of rhetoric to today’s students.