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Meeting Editorial Needs
Acquisitions Editor
Project Editor
Developmental Editor
Copyeditor
Proofreader
Production Editor

The editorial process is the way a manuscript progresses from author to finished book. A large publishing house will have several kinds of editorial positions. A small independent publisher might contract an outside editor to work on a particular manuscript, or the owner may do all the work. Each editorial position, however large or small a publishing house, represents work that every book will require:

Acquisitions Editor

  • Finds and signs authors with publishable work or book proposals that fit the publisher's goals
  • Responsible for knowing a book's market and articulating a project's potential for success

Project Editor

  • Schedules all aspects of the editorial process, which can include hiring the editorial team
  • Responsible for setting and maintaining editorial standards
  • Insures communication between members of the editorial team, including the designer

Developmental Editor

  • Works with the manuscript, sometimes right along with the author, to develop a publishable work
  • Work can include asking the author for additional content, restructuring and rewriting passages in accordance with a particular format or style, and/or excising content that does not fit a book's focus
  • Establishes a skeletal style sheet with sample pages to be used by copy editor

Copyeditor

  • Corrects errors in grammar, usage, and consistency
  • Queries the author with questions about conflicting statements or facts and incorporates the changes

Proofreader

  • Scours the typeset manuscript for typos and other errors

Production Editor

  • Responsible for the entire production process, including scheduling and tracking
  • Responsible for hiring a designer and acquiring estimates from printers
  • Assures that books are well printed and delivered
Smart editorial development and imaginative attention to organization, grammar, and spelling are integral to making a compelling, readable book. Editorial sloppiness will almost automatically degrade the integrity and value of a publishing effort.


 

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