Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing / Edition 1

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Editing Fact and Fiction is a concise, practical guide for people interested in book publishing or already working as editors who want to learn more about the opportunities in various kinds of book editing. Writing in a lively, informal style, two editors with extensive experience in a wide variety of fields—fiction and nonfiction, trade and reference, academic and commercial publishing—explain what editors in different jobs really do. The authors take the reader step by step through the editing process, from manuscript to bound book. They discuss the principles of sound editing and provide many specific examples of how to—and how not to—edit copy. They also give examples of how to deal tactfully with authors and show when editorial restraint is the best intervention. Editing Fact and Fiction is a book to be read, not just referred to. It will be an indispensable guide for anyone thinking about a career in book publishing, a valuable resource for working editors who want to enlarge their knowledge, and a useful tool for senior editors training staff. Leslie T. Sharpe and Irene Gunther are both editors and writers. An experienced trade book editor, Leslie T. Sharpe teaches editing and writing at New York University and Columbia University. She is also a regular contributor to New York Newsday. Irene Gunther was a senior editor at Macmillan Publishing and has extensive experience in reference and college book editing. She is the author of a teenage biography and a contributor to various publications.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[The authors] have written by far the most complete manual for editors ever published, and they've spiced it with dozens of examples, taken from life, that will delight everyone who has had or is about to have a career in publishing." Richard Marek, President, Marek & Charles, past president and publisher of E.P. Dutton

"This is a worthwhile book; it is comprehensive, practical, up-to-the-minute, and pleasant to read. And yes, it is impeccably edited." Phyllis Aronoff, Ampersand

"...attention to detail is what separates this book from lots of other guides. Sharpe and Gunther explain the editorial process thoroughly yet succinctly, leaving no doubt about what it's like to edit...advice that's refreshing and valuable...suitable for anyone who doesn't know everything about book editing." Copy Editor

"...comes very close to hitting the ideal mark....useful to editors of every stripe." Martin Kohl, The Freelancer

"Anyone considering an editing career will profit from Editing Fact and Fiction. The authors cover their broad subject with efficiency, commendable respect for the work of writers, and an occasional touch of humor. Perhaps their greatest service is to show what it is like to face a manuscript, pencil in hand—the very essence of editing." Mary Lou Burket, Chicago's Children's Reading Round Table

"...Sharpe and Gunther really know their stuff. From the job descriptions of editorial staff members through the minutiae of the actual editing process, they cover this field thoroughly and with astonishing concision...the book would also be useful at reference desks for answering elusive questions of style." Pat Monaghan, Booklist

"...a concise, practical eight-chapter guide for fiction adn nonfiction book editors...differs substantially from the typical technical editing books on the market...replete with interesing, relevant examples and anecdotes that make the book an easy read...an important addition to the published books on editing and is a fine complement to the technical editing texts that are adept at providing novices with the practical proofreading/copyediting skills needed to be conscientious editors." Gener Plunka, Technical Communication

"Editing Fact and Fiction is an ideal book for beginning editors and for people contemplating a career in editing....Sharpe and Gunther have given us a useful account of the process of editing." Rosemary Shipton, Journal of Scholarly Publishing

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521456937
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,244,387
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Who (and what) is an editor?; 2. Fact or fiction? Finding your niche; 3. Principles to edit by; 4. The editor's senses; 5. The editor's sensibility; 6. A guide to editorial freelancing; 7. Electronic editing today and tomorrow; 8. Tools of the trade and how to use them.

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