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Developmental Editing A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers

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ISBN-10: 0226595153

ISBN-13: 9780226595153

Edition: 2011

Authors: Scott Norton

List price: $28.00
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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 bookdoma 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…    
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/30/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

What Developmental Editing Is
Whom This Book Is For
What This Book Covers
Some Ground Rules
Concept: Shaping the Proposal
Author Profile: The Veteran
Client Profile: The Agent
Assignment: The Proposal with Too Many Concepts
Locate the Concept
Profile the Audience
Evaluate Market Potential
Bring the Vision into Focus
Content: Assessing Potential
Author Profile: The First-Timer
Client Profile: The Big Trade House
Assignment: The Tome with Too Many Subjects
Size Up the Author
Size Up the Publisher
Size Up the DE
Create a Content Summary
Find the Main Subject
Thesis: Finding the Hook
Author Profile: The Coauthors
Client Profile: The Small Trade House
Assignment: The Study with Too Many Theses
Cull Theses from Topics
Beware of the Rehash
Choose the Main Thesis
Create a Working Title
Narrative: Tailoring the Timeline
Author Profile: The Historian
Client Profile: The Copublisher
Assignment: The Sprawling Saga
Untangle Timelines from Arguments
Find the Main Timelines
Brainstorm Timeline Strategies
Compose the New Timeline
Finetune the Timeline
Restore Bits of Argument
Exposition: Deploying the Argument
Author Profile: The Theorist
Client Profile: The University Press
Assignment: The Theory with Too Many Tangents
Untangle Arguments from Timelines
Find the Main Arguments
Brainstorm Argument Strategies
Compose the New Argument
Finetune the Argument
Restore Bits of Timeline
Plan: Drafting a Blueprint
Write Up the Plan
Compose Chapter Theses
Intervene Strategically
Rhythm: Setting the Pace
Author Profile: The Sole Authority
Client Profile: The Regional House
Assignment: The Local History Turned Personal
Rearrange the Furniture
Draft New Passages
Balance Chapter Weights
Edit for Pace
Transitions: Filling in the Blanks
AuthorProfile: The Dead Author
Client Profile: The Self-Publisher
Assignment: The Memoir with Lapses
Create Opening Transitions
Create Closing Transitions
Draw Conclusions
Place Those Conclusions
Style: Training the Voice
Author Profile: The Journalist
Client Profile: The Book Packager
Assignment: The Story with Too Many Voices
Set the Tone
Parse the Rhetoric
Master Abstraction
Gauge the Ironies
Harmonize the Voices
Display: Dressing Up the Text
Author Profile: The Author-for-Hire
Client Profile: The Trade Reference House
Assignment: The Guidebook with Poor Signage
Consider Subheads
Consider Epigraphs
Draft an Art Plan
Illustrate Concepts
Visualize Data
Test-Drive Maps
Add Lagniappe
Further Reading