Between the Sheets: An Intimate Exchange About Writing, Editing, and Publishing

Between the Sheets: An Intimate Exchange About Writing, Editing, and Publishing

by Thomas Thomas, Kate Campbell

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Writing a novel is a private process. The author labors alone, sometimes at night—especially if there’s a day job to fulfill. Getting the story down requires space and time to think, dream, and create freely. But submitting that story for editing and preparation as a commercial book is another matter.

It’s a collaborative process that calls for the author to stand up for the story and the vision that inspired it, but she also has to realize that it may not be perfect and could be improved. It’s a process that requires trust and respect, a pliant spirit, and intellectual mettle.

The editor has to understand that he does not control the story or the vision, but he has a duty to readers who will come after him. His job is to help the author make the story as complete, clear, consistent, and accessible as possible. The editor works on many levels: conceptual, narrative, voice, diction, grammar, and punctuation.

Between the Sheets is a look at this collaborative process through creatively charged email exchanges between two old friends and former colleagues: one a new author who has labored for some years on a first novel, the other a former book editor and author with a dozen novels behind him. Together they explore what it means to be a writer in the digital age, and they offer a peek behind the curtain at writer and editor shaping a story for its ultimate purpose—a book that meets the needs and expectations of readers.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014226349
Publisher: Thomas T. Thomas & Kate Campbell
Publication date: 04/04/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 106
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Thomas T. Thomas is a writer with a career spanning forty years in editing, technical writing, public relations, and popular fiction writing. Among his various careers, he has worked at a university press, a tradebook publisher, an engineering and construction company, a public utility, an oil refinery, a pharmaceutical company, and a supplier of biotechnology instruments and reagents. He published eight novels and collaborations in science fiction with Baen Books and is now working on more general and speculative fiction. When he’s not working and writing, he may be out riding his motorcycle, practicing karate, or wargaming with friends. Catch up with him at

Kate Campbell grew up in San Francisco, but has lived throughout California and the West. A working journalist, her environmental and political writing appears regularly in newspapers and magazines. Kate holds a degree in journalism from San Francisco State University and has studied creative writing at American River College and the University of California, Davis. She is a member of the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She lives in Sacramento and, in addition to writing fiction and poetry, publishes the Word Garden blog at

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