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Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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Long, Last, Happy

“Barry Hannah is the best fiction writer to appear in the South since Flannery O’Connor.”
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“Barry Hannah is an original, and one of the most consistently exciting writers of the post-Faulkner generation.”
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“A superb collection of essays—wise, original, and ‘educational’ in the best sense of the word. Every publisher, editor, writer and agent should buy at least one copy and then a second for the family member or friend most interested in knowing how the ‘written word’ becomes the ‘published word.’ Editors on Editing is one of the best books on publishing I have ever read.” —Tom Wallace, Wallace Literary Agency, Inc.
Editors on Editing
What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do
By Gerald Gross
Grove Press
978-0-8021-3263-5 • $16.95 • Paperback • May 1993
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Since 1962 Editors on Editing has been an indispensable guide for editors, would-be editors, and especially writers who want to understand the publishing process. In this completely revised edition, thirty-nine of America’s most distinguished editors write with insight and candor about both the practical and the theoretical aspects of publishing. Editors on Editing includes essays on:

the ethical and moral dimensions of editing;

how books are chosen;

what an editor looks for in a query letter, proposal, and manuscript;

line editing, copy editing, and freelance editing;

making the most of writers’ conferences;

the question of “political correctness”;

plus numerous other pieces and an annotated bibliography that provide a fascinating, provocative, and sometimes controversial inside look at the editorial process.

Includes:

THEORY

“What Is an Editor?” by Alan D. Williams

“The Evolution of the American Editor,” by Marc Aronson

“An Open Letter to a Would-be Editor,” by M. Lincoln Schuster

“Are Editors Necessary?” and “On the Decline of Western Literature,” by Richard Curtis

“Lunch with a Favorite Agent,” by Jorm F. Thornton

“Breaking Faith: A Publishing Parable,” by “Maxwell Gherkin”

“Mistah Perkins—He Dead: Publishing Today,” by Gerald Howard

“Doing Good—And Doing It Right: The Ethical and Moral Dimensions of Editing,” by James O’Shea Wade

“How Books Are Chosen: What Goes into Making an Editorial Decision,” by Richard Marek

PRACTICE

“What Editors Look for in a Query Letter, Proposal, and Manuscript,” by Jane von Mehren

“The Editor and the Author at the Writers’ Conference: Why They Go, What They Do,” by Michael Seidman

“The Editor as Negotiator,” by Martha K. Levin

“Editing for the Christian Marketplace,” by Janet Hoover Thoma

“Editing Books for the Jewish Market: A Commitment to Community,” by Bonny V. Fetterman

“Developmental Editing: A Creative Collaboration,” by Paul D. McCarthy

“The Copy Editor and the Author,” by Gypsy da Silva

“Line Editing: Drawing Out the Best Book Possible,” by Maron L. Waxman

“Line Editing: The Art of the Reasonable Suggestion,” by John K. Paine

“The Role of the Editorial Assistant,” by Casey Fuetsch

“Working with a Free-Lance Editor or Book Doctor,” by Gerald (Jerry) Gross

“Editing True Crime,” by Charles Spicer

“Editing Crime Fiction,” by Ruth Cavin

“The Pleasures and Perils of Editing Mass-Market Paperbacks,” by Mel Parker

“Editing Trade Paperbacks in Middle Age—Theirs and Mine,” by Mark Alan Gompertz

“Editing Nonfiction: The Question of ‘Political Correctness,’” by Wendy M. Wolf

“Editing Fiction: The Question of ‘Political Correctness,’” by Michael Denneny

“Editing Scholars in Three Modes for Three Audiences,” by Jane Isay

“Editing for a Small Press: Publishing the Way It Used to Be,” by Scott Walker

“Editing Fiction as an Act of Love,” by Faith Sale

“On Editing Nonfiction: Multiple Majors in a University of Subjects,” by Fredrica S. Friedman

“Editing the Science-Fiction and Fantasy Novel: The Importance of Calling Everyone Fred,” by John W. Silbersack

“Editing Children's Books,” by Phyllis J. Fogelman

“Editing Reference Books,” by Linda Halvorson Morse

“The Editor of Lives,” by Peter Davison

“Editing Popular Psychology and Self-Help Books,” by Toni Burbank

“Editing the Romance Novel,” by Linda Marrow

“Editing Male-Oriented Escapist Fiction,” by Greg Tobin

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