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Book Country Ask an Editor Blog Series!
Janet Umenta, Book Country Assistant
Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 10:10 AM
Joined: 4/7/2014
Posts: 141


Hi everyone,

 

We are launching our Ask an Editor blog series in August! Post any question you would like to ask an editor below.

 

I would like to ask an editor: If a submitted manuscript is being carefully considered, what is that special quality that makes you say "Yes?"


Robin Gregory
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:55 AM
Joined: 3/1/2014
Posts: 4


 

 

What is your opinion on using "said Tom" as opposed to "Tom said?" Would one use the first in a more passive sense? Can both be used in a text, or does one need to be consistent throughout?


Mimi Speike
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:04 PM
Joined: 11/17/2011
Posts: 1016


Janet, are we talking submissions editor or edits editor?
Janet Umenta, Book Country Assistant
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 3:00 PM
Joined: 4/7/2014
Posts: 141


Hi Mimi,

 

Directing questions to both is fine. Sorry for not clarifying!

 

Janet

--edited by Janet Umenta, Book Country Assistant on 7/29/2014, 3:05 PM--


Mimi Speike
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 6:50 PM
Joined: 11/17/2011
Posts: 1016


How much does personal taste influence an editor's decision to support and fight for a submission, vs. the perception of marketability?

 


Steve Yudewitz
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:46 PM
Joined: 4/28/2011
Posts: 24


I'd like to ask an editor

 

What are the most common problems that you see in dialog? Do you have suggestions on how to correct them?

 

Do you have any opinions on chapter length? Do you prefer longer or shorter chapters?

 

 

 

 

 


DCLabs
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:48 PM
Joined: 10/15/2013
Posts: 78


Is the prose of a book better to be specific to an age group, like YA or MG?  Would a book that combines these age groups be more difficult or easier to commercialize?  Speaking specifically in the fantasy genre.
Anni Eayrs
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:09 PM
Joined: 7/30/2014
Posts: 1


What advice would you give to someone that wants to become an editor or work in the publishing industry?

What is a typical day like?

What is the most challenging and most rewarding about being an editor?


CarolBMT
Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014 3:03 PM

Please define and clarify the differences between these:

developmental editor

acquisitions editor

copyeditor

editor (the editing after developmental and before copyediting)

 

Thank you!


Mimi Speike
Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014 6:35 PM
Joined: 11/17/2011
Posts: 1016


I am working privately with a developmental editor and I am footing the bill. She has made suggestions that I have acted on, and she has made suggestions that I reject for what I feel are excellent reasons.

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Does an author have the same freedom, after listening to advice and considering it carefully, to have the final say when working with a publisher?

 

--edited by Mimi Speike on 8/2/2014, 11:50 AM--


AlysArden
Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014 10:19 AM
Joined: 4/24/2013
Posts: 14


I got a question!

 

As technology continues to break down publishing barriers and flood the market with new books, how (if at all) has your process of selecting titles for your portfolio changed/been effected?

 

 

 

<3


Amber Wolfe
Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014 6:44 AM

Here is my question:

 

What should a person look for in an editor? (Specifically for ones who will be working close with you)

 

Also, should you have your manuscript completely finished before looking into editorial services?


Cathie Whitmore
Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014 6:03 PM
Joined: 7/31/2013
Posts: 8


Hi Editor,

 

As an Australian author, I tend to use a lot of abbreviated words in my text as I like to write the way my characters would speak. However, I have noticed the American spelling doesn't  allow for many words to be abbreviated and a red line will appear under the word to tell me my spelling is incorrect.  I recently had a Publisher's  Weekly review done on my manuscript  of my novel Piece by Piece and they said my work was a morass of spelling errors. As I was writing a story set in Australia, am I correct in using  English spelling, or does it need to be changed to suit the American market. Could you please also advise me how I can find out which words can be abbreviated and the ones that can't, so I have something to use as a reference.


John Speikers
Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 7:19 PM
Joined: 4/30/2011
Posts: 19


Must an author always submit to an editor's suggestions (corrections) ??
John Speikers
Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 7:20 PM
Joined: 4/30/2011
Posts: 19


Must an author always submit to an editor's suggestions (corrections) ??
Janet Umenta, Book Country Assistant
Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 11:54 AM
Joined: 4/7/2014
Posts: 141


Part I of Ask an Editor is up!
BoJo Johnson
Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014 1:16 PM
Joined: 3/23/2014
Posts: 6


Generally how far do you read into a submitted book before deciding it's trash or good enough to work with?
Janet Umenta, Book Country Assistant
Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:31 PM
Joined: 4/7/2014
Posts: 141


Ask an Editor with Melissa Danaczko is up!
Lucy Silag - Book Country Community Manager
Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 11:17 AM
Joined: 6/7/2013
Posts: 1357


Today we have Dutton editor Jessica Renheim on the blog, answering members' questions--check it out!

 

Dutton is a really interesting imprint of Penguin that I think a lot of BC members might like learning about--they have a small list with an incredible amount of NYT bestsellers. I liked Jessica's advice and insights a lot!


 

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