An American Editor

November 15, 2013

Worth Noting: The Business of Editing in Print

Over the several years that I have been writing the An American Editor blog, some readers have urged me to write a book on the business of editing. I admit that writing a book has not been one of my driving life passions, but eventually I caved.

The result is the just-published The Business of Editing: Effective and Efficient Ways to Think, Work, and Prosper (ISBN 978-1-4341-0369-7). The book is a compilation of many of the essays I have written for An American Editor (and some guest essays, too). Aside from the essays being in one easily accessible place, the book organizes them by topic and has a comprehensive index, making it easy to locate the information you seek.

The Business of Editing

The Business of Editing

The Business of Editing is for new editors, persons thinking about becoming editors, and experienced editors. The book focuses on the business aspects of editing; not on how to edit, but on how to run an editing business.

The book is available directly from the publisher, Waking Lion Press and Amazon. For some reason I don’t understand, Barnes & Noble lists the book but says it is not available through B&N. Hopefully, for people who prefer B&N, that status will change in the near future. The book may be available through other outlets as well.

If you order directly from Waking Lion Press before December 1, 2013, there is a publisher’s discount. For details, go to the Waking Lion Press website. A sample of the book is available from the Waking Lion Press website or from this link.

No book should stand on its own in the sense of the author doing it all, some of it competently, some of it not. I’ve written numerous times in An American Editor that every author needs a professional “pit crew.” And so it was true with The Business of Editing.

The Business of Editing was professionally edited and organized by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter and Jack Lyon. Jack also did the layout, and Ruth and Jack also wrote introductions to the material. The book was professionally indexed by Sue Nedrow. This “pit crew” took what would have been just another book and made it into a wonderfully useful tool for professional editors.



  1. Congratulations on the publication of your book!


    Comment by Carolyn — November 15, 2013 @ 7:26 am | Reply

  2. It was both terrifying and rewarding to be part of this “pit crew” – the responsibility of editing and writing for colleagues like Rich and Jack was daunting! But we made a great team, and it’s a thrill to see the book in print. Just in time for the holidays – to give to yourself or your colleagues!


    Comment by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter — November 15, 2013 @ 9:47 am | Reply

  3. I’m relatively new to your blog, and I’m really enjoying your posts. I’m excited to read this book–the combination of your insight and Ruth as part of your editorial team sold me.


    Comment by change it up editing — November 15, 2013 @ 9:54 am | Reply

  4. Congratulations on the book! I’ll be ordering the electronic version, which I heard (from Ruth) would be ready in a few days?


    Comment by Teresa Barensfeld — November 15, 2013 @ 10:08 am | Reply

    • Ruth is very optimistic. A PDF version can be available quickly, but there isn’t yet a firm date for an ebook version — or even what formats. I suspect that it will be a minimum of a few weeks (and possibly longer) before an ebook version is available other than a PDF.


      Comment by americaneditor — November 15, 2013 @ 10:11 am | Reply

      • I misremembered what Ruth wrote to me — on second look, she had mentioned weeks, not days. I’m just eager to get the ebook version!


        Comment by Teresa Barensfeld — November 18, 2013 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

  5. Congrats Rich! The cover design is wonderful.


    Comment by Gretchen — November 15, 2013 @ 10:58 am | Reply

  6. Congratulations, Rich! And kudos to your crew.


    Comment by Leslie Lapides — November 15, 2013 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  7. Congratulations – and thank you for bringing it all together in print!


    Comment by Stacey Tobin — November 15, 2013 @ 2:23 pm | Reply

  8. Congratulations, Rich!


    Comment by Benjamin Lukoff (@lukobe) — November 16, 2013 @ 1:17 am | Reply

  9. Congratulations on the release of The Business of Editing, Rich!

    Great to see it’s already #15 in Amazon Books > Education & Reference > Writing, Research & Publishing Guides > Writing > Editing.


    Comment by Vicki — November 16, 2013 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

  10. I’d buy it, except there doesn’t appear to be a Kindle version (or is that just because I’m in New Zealand?). Of course, if you’d like an honest Amazon review, you can contact me via my website …


    Comment by Iola — November 18, 2013 @ 3:11 am | Reply

    • There is not a Kindle or other ebook version available at this time. It is being worked on, but there is no set completion date. A PDF version can be made available.


      Comment by americaneditor — November 18, 2013 @ 3:50 am | Reply

      • If you’re offering a pdf review copy, I’ll happily accept. Otherwise I’m equally happy to wait and buy the Kindle version.


        Comment by Iola — November 18, 2013 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

        • According to Jack Lyon, the ebook versions will be available shortly. I will announce when they are available on AAE.


          Comment by americaneditor — November 18, 2013 @ 5:03 pm | Reply

  11. Hi, Richard, we–that is, the Northern California chapter of EFA–used a couple of your essays back in September to guide a discussion on pricing editorial services. Maybe we’ll pick up the whole book this time for a broader selection of topics.


    Comment by Susan Herman — November 21, 2013 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

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