What Stace had to say on Monday, June 14th, 2010
Ask an editor

Hey gang! Just a quick post today.

At some point in the next month or so I’m planning on doing some posts about editors and editing. A bit like my Summer Series but, since I let you all down so grievously with last year’s series, I hesitate to call it that. But it is going to be several posts about that one subject, and I have a few things planned that I think are going to be pretty cool.

One (or three, actually) of those things are interviews with my Del Rey editor, her assistant (who is now an associate editor herself!), and my publicist. (I know the publicist doesn’t really have anything to do with editing, but I thought it would be neat to hear from her anyway.)

So! What would you like to ask these fine ladies? I’m going to pick five or six questions for each of them.

NOTE: Let’s keep our questions confined to things like the actual editing process, what condition editors expect submitted mss to be in (typos, grammar, etc.), and how a book goes from ms to book and things like that, okay? Let’s please not run through the same-old-same-old questions like “What are you looking for?” and “What kinds of submissions are you tired of seeing?” or “Where is the genre heading?” Do you know what I mean? The focus of the series is on editing and the process of editing and what editors do ASIDE from acquiring books, so if you could keep your questions in that area, that would be great. Thanks!

4 comments to “Ask an editor”

  1. jim duncan
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    · June 14th, 2010 at 12:07 pm · Link

    Q: Ever edited a book that you worried about screwing it up after the fact?



  2. Amanda
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    · June 14th, 2010 at 4:29 pm · Link

    That’s a good question, Stacia: what condition do editors expect the mss to be in? Especially from a first time author?



  3. Marie
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    · June 15th, 2010 at 2:48 pm · Link

    I’m very interested in hearing about the editing process, but I don’t know if I know enough about it to ask a specific question.
    I’m more curious as to how the process actually works, how you make decisions?
    How do you know which alterations to make?
    What will make the book flow?
    How to walk the line between underestimating and overestimating the reader?
    How much of a book’s success is actually because of the editor?

    My guess is that the editor is much more important in the process of publishing a book than we as readers often understand.



  4. Bernita
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    · June 18th, 2010 at 5:53 am · Link

    How are editors assigned to a project?



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