Developmental Editing: A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 1, 2009 - Reference - 252 pages
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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.

  

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User Review  - JanettLeeWawrzyniak - LibraryThing

University of California Press in Berkeley guides developmental editing in this book, for authors and publishers. This book denotes significant structuring or restructuring of a manuscripts discourse ... Read full review

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User Review  - Savanna - Goodreads

While this book makes some helpful points about developmental editing practices, it's rather poorly copy-edited and misses the mark in tone and scope. Throughout each chapter, the writing switches ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Whom This Book Is For
2
What This Book Covers
3
Some Ground Rules
5
Shaping the Proposal
9
Assessing Potential
27
Finding the Hook
48
Tailoring the Timeline
68
Setting the Pace
123
Filling in the Blanks
142
Training the Voice
158
Dressing Up the Text
187
Afterword
221
Further Reading
223
Acknowledgments
229
Index
231

Deploying the Argument
91

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About the author (2009)

Scott Norton is director of editing, design, and production at the University of California Press.

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