Insights for Readers, Writers and Publishers
All the interviews in this book cover the same themes, but the selection of questions from the full set—and the precise wording of each question—are varied to suit each encounter. This approach falls in the category of the ‘semi-structured interview’, a form of fieldwork found in naturalistic enquiry in which the discussion is guided by a common set of questions, but the exchange is not as formally structured as a structured questionnaire.
Your own practice
1. Do you think of yourself as an editor? If not, what do you call what you do?
2. What do you do? Describe a typical day
3. What do you like most/least about editing?
4. What is your main concern when editing and how is it resolved? Is there a particular example of editing that illustrates this concern?
5. At the more detailed level of style, what matters?
6. Do you think of your reader? How? On what level?
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