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Editors Talk about Editing

Insights for Readers, Writers and Publishers

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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 4: Devolution

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This section follows acts of editing as they move to new positions in the circuit of communication. In this process of devolution, publishers sometimes push responsibility for editing down the chain towards agents, freelance editors and the authors themselves (Greenberg, 2010). And so the interviews move to novelist Louise Doughty, literary agent Carole Blake, and freelance book editor Constance Hale.← 101 | 102 →

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