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I am an editor at the University of California Press and author of the first full-length handbook ever published on the subject of developmental editing.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

DE as Coach

“If an author doesn’t know how to write, there’s nothing that an editor can do to help.” I’ve heard this opinion expressed by colleagues whose editorial judgment I deeply respect. It is true that a manuscript aspiring to literary heights cannot be lifted there by editing. But most authors of nonfiction wish only to communicate clearly, and an editor can certainly help a willing author to improve those skills. The DE is the author’s public speaking coach; her podium, the printed page.

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