We interviewed Wendy Toole, an editor who is an Advanced Professional Member and past Chair of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. Wendy works mainly on academic and professional books and journal papers, specialising in history, English literature, art and architecture. We talked to her about what qualities she feels are important in an editor and her favourite thing about freelancing.
We spoke to Sally Brampton, author of Shoot the Damn Dog and former Editor-in-Chief of Elle Magazine about her books and her long and illustrious career in magazine publishing and journalism.
It was hard to ignore the overriding sense from all authors attending the recent Bookseller Author Day conference of the desire for greater transparency, regardless of whether you are traditionally published or not. So it is in that spirit that I tell of a conversation this week with a writer whitefox has worked with over the past year, someone without an agent but with a finished manuscript, looking ideally for a traditional publishing partner. Through his own networking, he seems to have found someone potentially interested, a known publisher with many years of output. This publisher has offered him this proposal: they will publish his book, on the understanding that he contributes £9,000 towards the editorial process.
Andri Nel runs a digital publishing company called Digi-Taal and is completing her MA in Digital Publishing. Before coming to the UK she completed her undergraduate and honours degrees in Publishing at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and worked on numerous digital publishing projects with both authors and publishers. She is driven by a passion for publishing and the process behind creating books.
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We talked to George Miller, translator and former editorial director of Oxford University Press’s Trade division and Granta Books, about his path towards translation from French and his website, Podularity, which features interviews with authors.
There’s so much talk at the moment about the growing freelancer economy, the pluses and pitfalls of going solo, that it isn’t always easy to differentiate between the reality and the myths of striking out on your own. So to try and understand what it is really like, whitefox has been talking to Jill Sawyer. Jill has been freelance for 3 years, working as an editor, typesetter and project manager for a number of individual and company clients. Previously, she worked at DK and Scholastic.
For many, to imagine a life dedicated to writing is to imagine long stretches of isolation, endless internal battles and unwavering determination. While this must hold true for many, in the cases of several well-known authors, the ubiquitous presence of the editor is often overlooked. Here are a few key author-editor relationships that many of us owe our favourite books to, plus one that left considerable controversy in its wake.