What Editors Do—Explainer

Do you wonder what editors do? Do you know that there are at least 5 distinct jobs that get the title of “editor”? Yes, in a profession whose ultimate goal is clarity, we’re not even clear in the titles we go by. Peter Ginna gathered some 27 editors — leaders in the publishing industry — and had them write about their aspect of being an “editor.” It’s a great read, and even with the perspective of 27 of us, this book only uncovers one niche: book editing. Read my review in the latest How To column on Copyeiditng.com.

cover of What Editors Do, by Peter Ginna. University of Chicago Press, Oct 2017

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