Monday, October 22, 2012

THE WORK OF A BOOK EDITOR





"Publishing a book is a lot of work. I think a lot of people who haven’t really put themselves out there as writers don’t realize that."


Most everyone involved in the book world knows that inevitably behind every good writer is a really good editor. And the relationship between writer and editor is sort of like the relationship a quarterback has with his offensive linemen -- they watch his back and make sure he doesn’t get taken down, but the QB is the only one who gets the accolades when he passes for a touchdown.  

My recent book, Drawing Blood (written with Franklin Guerrero), was edited by Katy Sozaeva. It was the second book we worked on together. Despite her excellent work, like most editors, she prefers to remain out of the spotlight.

Well, I’ve decided to drag her into the open for a few minutes so I could ask her some of the questions I’m often asked by other writers and readers regarding how an editor goes about doing their job.