What an editor does for a book

Do you want to know how a story is turned into a book? Once the author has typed ‘The end’, it’s the job of the editor to make sure the words are as good as they can be, and to liaise with the illustrators, the designers, the translator and proofreaders before sending the book to the printers.

Dragons over London

The author is only the first part of the process in producing a book. We get all the credit, of course, and lots of people don’t realise the number of other professionals involved in turning a few thousand words into an attractive, readable, desirable book. In the first of a series of articles about the publishing process, here’s my editor, Ruxandra Campeanu, to explain the part she plays.

Foto_micaMy favourite moment while editing Dragons over London was seeing the layout with the illustrations in place. Up to that point, I had mostly been concerned with the text, and that was the very first time when I got an idea of how the book would look like as a physical object. I particularly liked the scene where the mice, upon having learnt that Xiaolong had been deceiving them, decide to withdraw their support from him. I loved the way…

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