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Kinds of editors and levels of edit--what every writer and editor should know (updated)

If you want to hire (or be) an editor, it is important to know the difference between what different kinds of editors do. There are developmental or substantive editors, assignment editors, story editors, production editors, photo editors, line editors, copyeditors, and proofreaders, among other specialties? Read up on the different functions in these stories  Read More 
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Finding an editor

Need an editor but don't know how to find a good one? Before you hire, be clear what you need an editor for. Editors come in various flavors. There are
• Editors in book publishing houses, who "acquire" manuscripts (buy the rights to publish your manuscript)--who may or may not choose to publish your  Read More 
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When and whether to hire an editor or book doctor

How important is it to hire a freelance editor or book doctor, if you suspect your manuscript isn't ready to be snapped up by a traditional book publisher or to do respectably (or better) as a self-published book? I've pulled together links to articles by several experts that you ought to Read More 
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Organizations for writers, editors, and publishing professionals

My Writers and Editors website is a little like Fibber McGee's closet, so I created a directory for myself, which I realized might be helpful to others. Here it is: a list of lists with links, by type:
Agents
Arts and poetry
Awards, grants, and  Read More 
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The care and treatment of authors

An editor at Storey Books understands how special getting the first copy of her book is to an author. "Editor Gwen Steege made sure this copy got shipped to me as soon as possible, prepared like the treat that it is," writes Deb Robson's in her photo-essay 3 pounds 10 ounces (1.6 kg). Think of the book* as a  Read More 
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Even Jane Austen needed an editor

"She is the great English novelist renowned for her polished prose, of whom it was once remarked: 'Everything came finished from her pen,' writes Anita Singh, arts correspondent for the Telegraph, in Jane Austen's famous prose may not be hers after all.  Read More 
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