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Types of Book Editors
Acquisitions Editor
Project Editor
Developmental Editor
Copyeditor
Proofreader
Production Editor

The following is a brief taxonomy. The next two sections go more deeply into the roles of these editors in the publication process. It should be noted that many editors wear several hats: for instance, the acquisitions editor is usually also the project editor, and sometimes a developmental editor.

Acquisitions Editor

  • Finds and signs authors with publishable work or book proposals that fit the publisher's goals
  • Usually becomes the liaison between author and publisher, edits the work comprehensively, and shepherds it through production

Project Editor

  • Schedules all aspects of the editorial process, which can include hiring the editorial team
  • Responsible for setting and maintaining editorial standards
  • Insures communication between members of the editorial team, including the designer

Developmental Editor

  • Collaborates with the author from an early stage to develop a publishable work
  • Work can include asking the author for additional content, restructuring and rewriting passages in accordance with a particular format or style, and/or excising content that does not fit a book's focus
  • Establishes a skeletal style sheet with sample pages to be used by copyeditor

Copyeditor

  • Corrects errors in grammar, usage, and consistency
  • Queries the author with questions about conflicting statements or facts and incorporates the changes

Proofreader

  • Scours the typeset manuscript for typos and other errors

Production Editor

  • Responsible for the entire production process, including scheduling and tracking
  • Responsible for hiring a designer and acquiring estimates from printers
  • Assures that books are well printed and delivered


 

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