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Developmental Editing
Author: Scott Norton

ISBN: 9780226595146
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 14 February 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 6.0 x 9.0 x 2.5
Description:
Editing is a tricky business. It requires analytical flair and creative panache, the patience of a saint and the vision of a writer. Transforming a manuscript into a book that edifies, inspires, and sells? That's the job of the developmental editor, whose desk is the first stop for many manuscripts on the road to bookdom--a route ably mapped out in the pages of "Developmental Editing."Author Scott Norton has worked with a diverse range of authors, editors, and publishers, and his handbook provides an approach to developmental editing that is logical, collaborative, humorous, and realistic. He starts with the core tasks of shaping the proposal, finding the hook, and building the narrative or argument, and then turns to the hard work of executing the plan and establishing a style. "Developmental Editing" includes detailed case studies featuring a variety of nonfiction books--election-year polemic, popular science, memoir, travel guide--and authors ranging from first-timer to veteran, journalist to scholar. Handy sidebars offer advice on how to become a developmental editor, create effective illustration programs, and adapt sophisticated fiction techniques ...

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