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Posts and articles exploring what editors do, how we work, and what writers can expect from the process of working with a professional editor.

My Neighbor Is My Editor A seasoned pro takes aim at the notion that anyone with eyes can be an editor

This just in: your neighbor’s English skills are probably not up to the standards of book publishing.critique group

When I first began editing books, I had been a professional editor for more than twenty years, at a New York-area newspaper, a regional magazine, and several magazines with an international readership. Perfectionist that I was at the time, I could quote the rules and principles of news writing and periodical publishing as if I had written them myself. […]

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What Editors (Really) Do A guide for authors, by Editorial Department founder Renni Browne

sam-gross-we-believe-that-in-a-former-life-she-was-an-editor-new-yorker-cartoonSo here in one of my favorite New Yorker cartoons by Sam Gross, we have a cat maniacally clawing an upholstered chair, obviously not for the first time, and its owner explaining to her guests: “We believe that in a former life she was an editor.” Over the fifty-plus years I’ve been an editor, I’ve met plenty of people who think my job is to tear writers’ manuscripts to shreds. Other people […]

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The Editorial Process 101

A Step-by-Step Guide to Readying a Book for Publication

These days, it seems everyone wants to self-publish a book. And that is both a tremendous freedom afforded to all who have the desire, and a scary proposition for a market now flooded with books and no process for quality control. This means a lot of people are publishing books who don’t necessarily know what part editors play in the process of developing a manuscript into a book fit for publication. So it’s […]

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