Jane Ryder

News, Perspectives, and Insights on Writing and Publishing

From the Staff of The Editorial Department

May 19, 2016

The Best Books on Writing Ever!
Picks from our editors and staff

There are grillions of books on this subject out there, ranging from “duh!” to “wow.” Because you’re our peeps and we don’t want you to waste your time with the former, our staff has put together a short list of the latter. We’ve included links to make it […]
May 10, 2016
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Publishing Glossary
A curated list of the industry terms and phrases aspiring and professional writers need to know

Language is power, and to that end we at The Editorial Department have come up with a glossary of commonly-used terms and abbreviations in the book publishing industry. This is a quick, handy guide (in no particular order) to many of the terms that writers will come across […]
March 16, 2016

Spotlight on Sentence-Level Editing
Demystifying the distinctions between line editing, copy editing, and proofreading

In an earlier blog post I talked about the importance of developmental editing and why the focus on big-picture stuff – structure, book-spanning issues like plot or organization, character development, dialogue, and that sort of thing – needs to come first, before you spend too much time worrying […]
December 11, 2015

Spotlight on Development
An overview of developmental editing, why it’s needed, how it works, and what to expect from the process.

When many people think of editing, they think of arcane symbols and scribbled margin notes in red or blue pencil – move this paragraph, delete these words, add a hyphen, correct that spelling, capitalize this letter. And while that is an important part of editing, it’s only one […]
November 25, 2015

It’s Black Friday. Stay Home and Read!
Recommended books on writing craft from the staff of The Editorial Department

Think about it: you could spend the day battling crowds for the privilege of spending money you may or may not have, but wouldn’t you rather curl up with a good book, a four-legged friend or two, and a mug of something hot? We know we would. But […]
November 13, 2015

What a World Class Chef Can Teach Us About Editing & Publishing

If you’ve never seen Gordon Ramsay in action, think of him as a drill instructor for chefs. His restaurants have earned a total of 16 Michelin stars, he was awarded the OBE, and he’s had eight different television series in the UK and US combined. The guy not […]