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Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know about What Editors Do

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Since 1962 Editors on Editing has been an indispensable guide for editors, would-be editors, and especially writers who want to understand the publishing process. Written by America’s most distinguished editors, these 38 essays will teach, inform, and inspire anyone interested in the world of editing. Editors on Editing includes essays on the evolution of the American edit ...more
Paperback, 377 pages
Published January 12th 1994 by Grove Press (first published January 1st 1962)
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محمد یوسفی‌شیرازی
ویرایش حوزه‌ای است بسیار گسترده و کارهایی متنوع را در بر می‌گیرد. این حرفه در کشورهای پیشرفته غالباً به‌نوعی به آفرینشگری در عرصۀ کتاب و نشر پهلو می‌زند. در این کشورها، ویراستار اغلب درزمینۀ تعیین سیاست‌های نشر و انتخاب کتاب و دخالت در محتوای آن، پراختیار است. به‌علاوه، درخصوص کامیابی و ناکامیابی اثر در بازار مسئول است. ازاین‌رو، ناگزیر است هم‌زمان عوامل پرشماری را در نظر بگیرد و میان خواسته‌های صاحب‌اثر و ناشر، توازنی برقرار سازد. در نظام سامان‌یافته‌ای که ویراستار در آن چنین جایگاهی دارد، صرفا ...more
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کتاب محشر بود.
فکر نکنم تا سال‌ها بعد چیزی شبیهش پیدا کنم.
خانم دقیقی و بقیه‌ی مترجمین در خلال یکی از کلاس‌های ویرایش به پیشنهاد یکی از مترجمین کتاب و شرکت‌کننده‌های همان کلاس تصمیم می‌گیرند این کتاب را ترجمه کنند. اگر درست خاطرم مانده باشد. هفت هشت‌ سالی هم طول می‌کشد. و تنها دوبار مجبور می‌شوند کل ترجمه را بازبینی کنند. کاری که اگر مترجم یکی بود سخت و طاقت‌فرسا بود چه برسد وقتی با هفت هشت مترجم سر و کار داریم. آن‌هم چه متنی؟ متن بزرگ‌ترین ویراستار‌های دنیا. ویراستارهای بخش‌های مختلف نشر در بزرگ‌
Mana Ravanbod
اگر کسی ویرایش می‌کند و می‌خواهد در ساختار نشر کتاب کار کند باید کتاب را بخواند
اگر کسی می‌خواهد نشر حتی نشر کوچکی راه بیندازد باید کتاب را بخواند
اگر کسی می‌خواهد در نشری کار کند و تصمیمی بگیرد و یا در طراحی ساختار نشر کاری کند باید این کتاب را بخواند
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Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
The essays in this book are split into two categories: theory and practice. The theory section is mostly composed of aging editors pining for the "golden age" of publishing, and masturbating to the legend of Maxwell Perkins. I hate hearing about the golden age of anything--literature wasn't better in the 20s, music wasn't better in the 60s, and anyone who thinks publishing has ever been anything other than a for-profit enterprise is deluding themselves. But don't take my annoyance the wrong way: ...more
Marissa van Uden
“Authors really depend on editors for one thing: the truth.”

Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do, by Gerald Gross, is a collection of essays by editors, illuminating all the different things that go on in that strange editorial realm between writers’ and readers’ imaginations.

The book is broken into two parts (Theory and Practice) and includes essays like

“What Is an Editor?”
“What Editors Look for in a Query Letter, Proposal, and Manuscript,”
“Doing Good—And Doing It
A charming, life-affirming (that is, if your life goal is to join the publishing industry) collection of essays. Plus some literary correspondences. (I was all in a tizzy over the fact that the book ends with a correspondence with Steinbeck, ostensibly focused on East of Eden...but more memorable for the sweet way that it captures the relationship between editor and author.)

The revised edition is not particularly relevant anymore, but it's an interesting read nonetheless. Some elements of editin
Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
So I had to buy this book for an editing class. We were supposed to read it a little bit at a time, but it was so fascinating that I couldn't put it down. The world of editing is not what I had imagined, but it's a very vivid place. Anyone who wants to edit or who wants to write should read this book. ...more
Rick Killian
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: never-finished
I finally abandoned this. It seemed like a good idea for a book, but in the end essays from editors about such a big and intricate topic comes off vague and example specific—filled with anecdotes about how this or that book went, but specific principles for the whys and hows never get formulated. Not only that, but the industry had changed greatly since this edition released, and though many of the tensions still exist—commercial or literary, for one—the nature of that tension feels very differe ...more
Mikie Jones
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is jammed with all the information you need to know about editing. So packed with expert info, I'll be coming back to read it again. I've highlighted a lot of stuff. So I guess I won't have to plough through the whole book for what I need next time. ...more
Danielle Williamson
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every writer should read this- a completely different angle that opened my eyes.
محمدحسین بنـکدارتهرانی
برای کسی یا کسانی که ویرایش متن یا نسبت به دسته‌بندی و بسته‌بندی! مفاهیم و مضامین دغدغه‌مندند، برخی مقالاتش خوب و خواندنی است
Truth in advertising! This book is exactly what it says it is: editors laying out their views on what it is they actually do. It is presented into two broad segments: The Theory and Practice of Editing, and Editor/Author Correspondence.

The first part is light on theory, and heavy on practice. After just four essays on the theoretical aspects of editing—including one from the Schuster of Simon & Schuster—practice is examined in some detail and from numerous angles including manuscripts, copyediti
Orphic {Ally}
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Editors, authors, readers, writers
I would suggest this book to anyone truly interested in factions of the book industry. Amongst some of the text, is the attempt to dispel some of the well-known stereotypes of editors made by authors (i.e., someone who barely works and takes all the credit and lets the author do all the work), which is all quite contrary to the truth as known by the editors.

This book, in my opinion, had done a better job of depicting and not only outlining, but painting the inner dimensions and workings of an ed
Kendra Lee
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ok, full disclosure: I didn't read the whole book. There were a few sections I skipped as I felt they didn't have any relation to me or the knowledge I wanted to have.

The ones I did read (a majority) were excellent and really opened my eyes to the editing process. As I one day hope to be an editor, this was invaluable. As a writer, this is especially helpful information to have. Probably most important is it will give you knowledge that may help you stay calm during the publishing process.

There were some passages that were liberating, knowledgeable, and helpful as both an author and editor. It touched on various subject areas, types of editors, and gamut of wealthy information concerning publishing houses, book doctors, freelancers, and more on the grounds of editing.

What I liked most was the 1930 cultural mythology: editor as a savior, finding the soul of the manuscript; editor as a friend; editor as alchemist, turning lead into gold (or turning a piece of work into a masterpiec
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Contains some great advice, but badly needs updating. Took me way too long to slog through (even considering the break for classes I took in the middle of it).

This book is almost as old as I am. It's still very valuable because it contains so much timeless advice, but it doesn't offer a fresh or practically useful perspective. Things move so much faster now, which makes relationships much different. I did love how these editors showed the passion they hold for their work; that's still the founda
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at the many different aspects to being an editor. I could use a slightly updated version that takes into account the prevalence of computers--I'm not convinced that copy editors still need mountains of reference books. ...more
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teaching-grammar
The first part of the book titled Theory felt outdated. Publishing has changed a lot in twenty years. I hoped that the essays in the Practical section would be better, but there wasn't anything that I found overly informative, and many of the articles seemed to repeat the same ideas. ...more
Dec 23, 2008 rated it liked it
This collection is charmingly dated in some ways, but there are some delightful essays here. Would be wonderful to have a new edition of it. Perhaps some of those editors laid off on "Black Wednesday" can make that happen. And then self-publish the results. ...more
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
If you can't get past the pretentious tone (why are all writing/publishing books like this??), then you can pull out some useful information. A good reference to look back on with helpful advice on the publishing world. ...more
Jen Halligan
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very insightful to the role of an editor and what they do. I enjoyed reading these essays!
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Badly in need of an update, this book still had some interesting and useful info. about the industry.
Rebecca Walker
Dec 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Excellent overview.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Informative, informative, informative.
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
A useful, if dated, piece of reference material that demystifies editing for authors and heartens the aspiring editor. Just dodge the infuriating essays on “political correctness”.
Victoria Sandbrook
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: editors, publishers, writers
Shelves: publishing, reviewed
This is a great resource for all editors, whether they're new to the game or experienced in the field. ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you're an editor wannabe this is a terrific read. It's enjoyable and very educational. I learned tons. ...more
Rosa Macpherson
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very very readable and interesting.
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Useful to a point, but needs an updated edition to be truly applicable to modern times. Publishing has changed a lot since 1993.
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