Editors who can improve a text without hacking it to pieces may just be the quietest heroes in publishing.
A client recently published on Psych Central after developmental editing and coaching with me believes therapy shouldn’t leave politics out of the picture, as the field is wont to do.
He writes: “How do we cope when we ourselves are feeling dehumanized from many directions? How do we act as supportive allies to others facing it? Psychotherapists urgently need a more public discussion about the role they can play in suggesting answers.”
Read his thought-provoking piece.
Grounding Social Sciences in Cognitive Sciences, an 850-page volume from MIT Press, explored applications of neuroscience to diverse fields including anthropology, sociology, politics, religion, and philosophy. I project edited the manuscript.
“REALLY good editing,” commented contributor Dr. Kristin Monroe, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at UC Irvine’s School of Social Sciences, regarding my work on her chapter exploring the philosophy of identity.
“Kristie Reilly did a wonderful job with copyediting—the book benefited immensely from her input.” —Lee Wengraf, author, Extracting Profit: Imperialism, Neoliberalism, and the New Scramble for Africa (acknowledgements, p. vii), Haymarket Books
Until I wrote the text for my first photography book, I was unaware of the valuable service a copyeditor provides. Your editing skills, your extensive knowledge of punctuation styles, along with an unerring ability to ask the right questions, greatly enhanced the quality and clarity of my work. Thank you!
—Emily Grimes, author of On My Mother’s Side
The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style?
“Drafts—our kids are learning the first draft means nothing. You’re going to do seven, 10 drafts. That’s writing, it’s not failure, it’s not the teacher not liking you because it’s all marked up in red. When you get to be a good writer, you mark your own stuff in red, and you rewrite, and you rewrite, and you rewrite. That’s what writing is.” —Michelle Obama
Excellent editing refuses to call attention to itself.
Developmental, structural, copy, or line editing? It’s important to be clear with your editor which levels you’re seeking so that you get the help you need rather than needless work you don’t. Here’s a brief run-down of the types.
Even Ernest Hemingway had help from Gertrude Stein.