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Editors Talk about Editing

Insights for Readers, Writers and Publishers


Susan L. Greenberg

The work of «editing» is by and large something that happens behind the scenes, noticed only when it is done badly, or not done at all. There is not much information about what editors do. The result is that editing is not often talked about in its own right – not even by the people who do it. This collection of interviews attempts to fill some of the gaps. The author, a former editor herself, interviews practitioners at the top of their game – from newspapers, magazines, broadcast news, book publishing, scholarly editing, academic publishing and digital curation. The interviewees think out loud about creativity and human judgment; what they have in common and what makes them different; how editing skills and culture can be shared; why editing continues to fascinate; and why any of this might matter.
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Greenberg, Susan L.Editors talk about editing: insights for readers, writers and publishers /Susan L. Greenberg.pages cm. — (Mass communication and journalism; vol. 11)Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Editors. 2. Book editors—United States—Interviews.3. Periodical editors—United States—Interviews. 4. Newspaper editors—United States—Interviews. 5. Publishers and publishing—United States.I. Greenberg, Susan. II. Title.PN149.8.G84 070.5’1—dc23 2014048954ISBN 978-1-4331-2004-6 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-2003-9 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4539-1523-3 (e-book)ISSN 2153-2761

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