Portland State University. Department of English
Publishers and publishing, Book industries and trade, Book editors -- United States, Editors -- United States
This paper will introduce and discuss the ways in which six different editors of trade fiction establish their own authority as editors in their developmental letters to their authors. These particular editors edit a wide range of genres, such as literary fiction, adult fantasy and science fiction, middle grade fiction, short story collections, memoirs, and nonfiction. Some are (or have been) editors for big New York publishing houses, and others are part of small, independent presses. One editor is currently a literary agent, and another does freelance editing in addition to working at a publishing house. All six of them write letters in different styles and employ similar tactics in a variety of ways in order to identify errors with the aim of having the author address them.
Over the course of this paper, I will discuss ten different overall means by which an editor may write an editorial letter in order to embody and convey authority to the author.
Goldman, Emily, "How to Be in Charge (and Make Authors Do What You Tell Them): An Examination of Editorial Authority in Letters Written by Trade Fiction and Nonfiction Editors" (2016). Book Publishing Final Research Paper. 23.