The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 17, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 240 pages
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"Bell's prose is elegant and wonderfully readable in this artful guide."—Publishers Weekly

The Artful Edit explores the many-faceted and often misunderstood—or simply overlooked—art of editing. The book brims with examples, quotes, and case studies, including an illuminating discussion of Max Perkins's editorial collaboration with F. Scott Fitzgerald on The Great Gatsby. Susan Bell, a veteran book editor, also offers strategic tips and exercises for self-editing and a series of remarkable interviews, taking us into the studios of successful authors such as Michael Ondaatje and Ann Patchett to learn from their various approaches to revision. Much more than a manual, The Artful Edit inspires readers to think about both the discipline and the creativity of editing and how it can enhance their work. In the computer age of lightning-quick composition, this book reminds readers that editing is not simply a spell-check. A vigorous investigation into the history and meaning of the edit, this book, like The Elements of Style, is a must-have companion for every writer.

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User Review  - Amelia_Smith - LibraryThing

I got more out of this book than anything else I've read on self-editing. At least, that's what it feels like at the moment. I like the way it was structured, spiraling down from process to macro ... Read full review

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User Review  - AprilBrown - LibraryThing

What ages would I recommend it too? Fourteen to twenty-one. Length? A few weeks. Characters? No characters. Setting? Writring. Written approximately? 2007. Does the story leave questions in the ... Read full review


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Susan Bell has edited fiction and nonfiction professionally, including at Random House and Conjunctions magazine, for almost twenty years. She lives in New York City and teaches at The New School and Tin House Writers Workshop.

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