The Invisible Art of Literary Editing

The Invisible Art of Literary Editing

The Invisible Art of Literary Editing

The Invisible Art of Literary Editing

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Overview

A field guide to the trade and art of editing, this book pulls back the curtain on the day-to-day responsibilities of a literary magazine editor in their role, and to the specific skills necessary to read, mark-up and transform a piece of writing. Combining a break-down of an editor's tasks – including creating a vision, acquisitions, responding to submissions and corresponding with authors – with a behind-the-scenes look at manuscripts in progress, the book rounds up with a test editing section that teaches, by way of engaging exercises, the nitty-gritty strategies and techniques for working on all kinds of texts. Generous in its insight and access to practicing editors' annotations and thought processes, The Invisible Art of Literary Editing offers an exclusive look at nonfiction, fiction and poetry manuscripts as they were first submitted, as they were marked up by an editor and how the final piece was presented before featuring an interview with the editor on the choices they made about that piece of work, as well as their philosophies and working practices in their job.

As a skill and a trade learnt through practice and apprenticeship, this is the ultimate companion to editing any piece of work, offering opportunities for learning-by-doing through exercises, reflections and cases studies, and inviting readers to embody the role of an editor to improve their craft and demystify the processes involved in this exciting and highly coveted profession.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350296480
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 03/09/2023
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 386,305
Product dimensions: 7.45(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Bios
Acknowledgments

Introduction
How this Book is Organized
The Focus of this Book

1) Aesthetic: You know it when you see it
A Few Words About Mission
Exercise: Mission and Aesthetic Vision
Exercise: Build a Prototype Journal

2) Acquisition
Solicited Subs
Unsolicited Work
Submission Guidelines
Call for Submissions
Strategies for Dealing with Submissions
Case Study: descant literary magazine
Case Study: Rose Metal Press

3) Responding to Submissions

Unconditional Acceptance
Conditional Acceptance
Specific Conditional Acceptance
Invitation to Revise and Resubmit
Personalized Rejection
Warm Form Rejection
Form Rejection
Best Practices in Rejection
Dealing with Blowback

4) Correspondence
Initial Contact
Sending Edits
Confirmation

5) Case Studies

Julie Riddle
Creative Nonfiction/Personal Essay
Valerie Vogrin
Creative Nonfiction/Personal Essay
Maggie Smith
Poetry
Mark Doten
Fiction
Student Example: Grace Dillow
Fiction

6) Test Editing

Global Editing
Editing with a Heavy Hand
Editing with the Body
Selection and Sequencing
Editing with Lenses
Scalpel Edit
Crafting an Editing Philosophy: A Capstone Assignment

Appendix
CPR Dummy Stories
Dispatch from the Bunker
We All Just Pretended To Like it So You Wouldn't Flunk Us
Evolution
Editing Philosophy Statements: Student Examples
Chelsea Yedinak
Mackenzie Thompson
Lydia Gentry

Index

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