- Paperback: 377 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press; Revised edition (January 12, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802132634
- ISBN-13: 978-0802132635
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do Revised Edition
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While the title of the book indicates that it is written for writers, it is every bit as useful, if not more so, for aspiring editors. Yes, it is a great help for writers who want to work with editors. But there are too few books on the craft of editing. This one will give you an excellent introduction to the subject. Coming from thirty-some authors, it will give you a balanced view of how to be a great editor.
The bulk of the material addresses the practice of editing. Well known experts on writing, editors, and publishers are among the contributors, on a myriad of subjects, on writing, editing, dealing with a diverse cross section of genres.
Dramatic changes have evolved over the years since this third edition was published. By comparison changes today are evolving at an unbelievable pace. The basic principals of good writing continue to determine readership, regardless of the medium. For this reason "Editors on Editing" is still an important resource for aspiring and seasoned writers in today's market.
What is most unfortunate about this book is that it is out of date. The last edition was created in 1995. At that point in time the publishing community was in turmoil. Many of the older publishing houses were being devoured by corporated entities that were more focused on making money than making intelligent literature. The overall sense given by the book is that the publishing field is doomed, and that true editing was being replaced by marketing strategies.
Much of this changed as the Internet took hold. Smaller publishers suddenly became important again, and the rise of on-demand publishing changed the entire publishing atmosphere. It would be nice to see a new edition featuring editors from this new wave of publishing. Still, as a historical reference to what was happening fifteen to twenty years ago in the field, it is a pretty good read.