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The Forest for the Trees An editor's advice to writers

by Betsy Lerner

The Forest for the Trees An editor's advice to writers Synopsis

No one is better qualifed to help with the writing process than a passionate editor with years of experience. Betsy Lerner, one of the most admired of American book editors, is such a one - and in this book she shares her editorial wisdom and provides a unique insider's understanding of the publishing process. From her long experience working with successful writers and discovering new voices, Betsy Lerner looks at different writer personality types; addresses the concerns of writers just getting started as well as those stalled mid-career; and describes the publishing process from the thrill of acquisition to the agony of the remainder table. Written with insight, humour and great common sense, this is the ultimate survival kit for writers everywhere.

The Forest for the Trees An editor's advice to writers Press Reviews

a riveting safari through the wilds of the writer's brain, as well as an honest and unpatronizing guide to publishing from every angle. ( Newsday )

Book Information

ISBN: 9780230768260
Publication date: 5th July 2012
Author: Betsy Lerner
Publisher: Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 292 pages
Categories: Writing & editing guides,

About Betsy Lerner

Betsy Lerner is the author of The Forest for the Trees, Food and Loathing and The Bridge Ladies. She received an MFA from Columbia University in Poetry and was the recipient of a Thomas Wolfe Poetry Prize and an Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize, and was one of PEN's Emerging Writers. She also received the Tony Godwin Publishing Prize for Editors Under 35. After working as an editor for fifteen years, she became an agent and is currently a partner with Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency. She lives in Connecticut.

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