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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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Part 2: Attention


This section looks through the lens of editors who work with the relative luxury of time; Ileene Smith at the literary publishing house Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Jerome McGann, a leading theorist and practitioner of scholarly editing at the University of Virginia. Their experience highlights the attention brought to bear by a skilled editor, and the difference this can make to the way a text is perceived. In the process, it also highlights the complex nature of textual relationships.← 43 | 44 →

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