The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers

The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers

by Betsy Lerner

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The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner

Who knows the mind, the motives, and the mistakes of a writer better than his or her editor? Betsy Lerner-in addition to being a prize-winning poet and an author's agent-has spent years editing for major New York houses. In this unusual and compelling book, she shares the wisdom and insights she's gained from that work. Far more than a how-to manual, this book offers inspiration, inside views, and a colorful, anecdotal look at the publishing world-all delivered in the smart, funny, unpretentious voice that has helped to make Lerner one of the most prominent names in the business.

A quirky, informal, engaging guide. (Publishers Weekly)

With this book, Betsy Lerner becomes what every writer hopes for-a friend in the business. (Chicago Tribune)

Cleverly disguised as a sensible reference work...its tone is singularly authoritative, compassionate, irreverent...and unafraid. (New York Newsday)

A fascinating look into the mind of an editor and the publishing world.... (Lucy Grealy, author of The Autobiography of a Face)

Author Bio: Betsy Lerner has worked at Houghton Mifflin, Ballantine, Simon & Schuster, and Doubleday, as well as The Paris Review and The Gernert Company, where she is currently an agent. She holds an MFA in poetry, and has won numerous literary prizes and honors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573228572
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Betsy Lerner has worked as an editor at Houghton Mifflin, Ballantine, Simon & Schuster, and most recently as executive editor at Doubleday. She lives in Pelham, New York and is currently an agent at the Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.

Hometown:

Pelham, New York

Date of Birth:

August 9, 1960

Education:

B.A., New York University, 1982; M.F.A., Columbia University, 1987

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