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From the Staff of The Editorial Department

July 26, 2016

What Editors (Really) Do
A guide for authors, by Editorial Department founder Renni Browne

In one of my favorite New Yorker cartoons by Sam Gross, a cat is maniacally clawing an upholstered chair, obviously not for the first time. In the caption its owner explains to her guests: “We believe that in a former life she was an editor.” Over the forty-five […]
May 16, 2016


Proofreading Basic proofing and correction of manuscript text.
May 16, 2016

Copy Editing

Copy Editing Correction plus edits for clarity, flow, and conformity to style.
May 16, 2016

Line Editing

Line Editing A high level polishing edit to bring out the best in narrative voice.