Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 30, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 227 pages
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Editing Fact and Fiction is a concise, practical guide for people interested in book publishing or already working as editors who want to learn more about the opportunities in various kinds of book editing. Writing in a lively, informal style, two editors with extensive experience in a wide variety of fields--fiction and nonfiction, trade and reference, academic and commercial publishing--explain what editors in different jobs really do. The authors take the reader step by step through the editing process, from manuscript to bound book. They discuss the principles of sound editing and provide many specific examples of how to--and how not to--edit copy. They also give examples of how to deal tactfully with authors and show when editorial restraint is the best intervention. Editing Fact and Fiction is a book to be read, not just referred to. It will be an indispensable guide for anyone thinking about a career in book publishing, a valuable resource for working editors who want to enlarge their knowledge, and a useful tool for senior editors training staff. Leslie T. Sharpe and Irene Gunther are both editors and writers. An experienced trade book editor, Leslie T. Sharpe teaches editing and writing at New York University and Columbia University. She is also a regular contributor to New York Newsday. Irene Gunther was a senior editor at Macmillan Publishing and has extensive experience in reference and college book editing. She is the author of a teenage biography and a contributor to various publications.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Who and What Is an Editor?
8
Fact or Fiction? Finding Your Niche
31
Principles to Edit By
77
The Editors Senses
102
The Editors Sensibility
130
A Guide to Editorial Freelancing
157
Electronic Editing Today and Tomorrow
174
Tools of the Trade and How to Use Them
196
Index
223
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