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Writing in a lively, informal style, two editors with extensive experience in a wide variety of fields--fiction and nonfiction, trade and reference, academic and commercial publishing--explain what editors in different jobs really do in this concise practical guide.


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Writing in a lively, informal style, two editors with extensive experience in a wide variety of fields--fiction and nonfiction, trade and reference, academic and commercial publishing--explain what editors in different jobs really do in this concise practical guide.

30 review for Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Page

    -Since I may seek work (or have it thrust upon me) again as an editor someday (I was executive editor on the college lit rag Quarto at Columbia University and a reader at Drunken Boat), I read two books on editing: Editing Fact and Fiction, by Leslie T. Sharpe, and Editors on Editing by Gerald Gross. I feel both books are enlightening in their own way—and they compliment one another. They cover topics every editors should know, and even give helpful tips; for example: how to be impartial when re -Since I may seek work (or have it thrust upon me) again as an editor someday (I was executive editor on the college lit rag Quarto at Columbia University and a reader at Drunken Boat), I read two books on editing: Editing Fact and Fiction, by Leslie T. Sharpe, and Editors on Editing by Gerald Gross. I feel both books are enlightening in their own way—and they compliment one another. They cover topics every editors should know, and even give helpful tips; for example: how to be impartial when reading, how to market writers and books, how to copyedit, how to write proposals and query letters, and how to use tact when corresponding with writers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    I would love a revised, updated edition of this book. I have used it in several of my classes, and I think it has some of the most direct, best explained approaches to book editing. It seems now to be available only as a print-on-demand book, but perhaps with an overhaul to bring some of the later chapters up to date, it could be republished for a longer life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mariana Etchetto

    La colección en la que se encuentra este libro del Fondo de Cultura Económica es Libros sobre libros y todos los títulos abordan temas relacionados con cómo se hacen los libros, el sector editorial, la producción editoriales y temas aledaños. Cada uno de los volúmenes de Libros sobre libros están orientados a diferentes protagonistas del ámbito de la edición, pero vale la pena leerlos a todos independientemente del lugar de la cadena de producción editorial en el que uno se encuentre. Este está e La colección en la que se encuentra este libro del Fondo de Cultura Económica es Libros sobre libros y todos los títulos abordan temas relacionados con cómo se hacen los libros, el sector editorial, la producción editoriales y temas aledaños. Cada uno de los volúmenes de Libros sobre libros están orientados a diferentes protagonistas del ámbito de la edición, pero vale la pena leerlos a todos independientemente del lugar de la cadena de producción editorial en el que uno se encuentre. Este está especialmente dirigido a editores.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sabka

    Buen inicio de lectura para el inicio editorial

  5. 5 out of 5

    Margit

    A revised edition of this book would be great and is badly needed. However, I understand that right now the industry is probably changing faster than a new edition could be written and published (at least traditionally). Anyhow, Chapters 4 and 5 are still relevant to any line or copy editor. Chapter 4 discusses The Editor's Senses and Chapter 5 has excellent descriptions and examples of what to edit out of a manuscript.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nora

    This book is incredibly informative on the editor's place within the publishing industry, what the profession actually entails, and how to do a good job at it. It is slightly outdated -- published in 1994, its chapter on "Electronic Editing Today and Tomorrow" is perhaps not the most useful -- but nevertheless a very useful reference book, to be kept close at hand.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Adrienna

    It may be outdated version but so on point and loved it. I'll see if they have an updated version to get on my resource shelf. I took lots of notes and posted some on my DreamMore Lit. Firm page on Facebook! Delicious for editors and writers!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Contains useful basics but is sometimes woefully outdated.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eric Farr

    Not much to say. Perhaps a bit dry, and certainly a bit dated, but a good introduction to editing roles.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Prince

    I learned that editing sounds lovely for a personality like mine, and (guess what?!) I can read all day. Informative, first and foremost; a good look at the publishing industry today.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Good book but dated.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rob Bignell

  13. 4 out of 5

    Victòria Sanjuán

  14. 4 out of 5

    April

  15. 4 out of 5

    Manu

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    Pam

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    Dylan Rule

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  19. 5 out of 5

    José Ignacio

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jodi McMaster

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lubna

  22. 4 out of 5

    Moisés

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mauricio

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mario Alberto Bautista

  26. 4 out of 5

    Steenz

  27. 4 out of 5

    Theo

  28. 4 out of 5

    Greg

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marie-lynn Herpoel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ezra Carias

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