Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction and Get It Published


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.34 X 9.48 X 1.07 inches | 1.31 pounds

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About the Author

Susan Rabiner is the former editorial director of Basic Books. She was a senior editor at Oxford University Press and Pantheon Books.
Alfred Fortunato is a freelance editor and writer.


Starred Review. Useful advice on every page.
Avoids feeding fantasies in favor of detailing necessities.
In 45 years in publishing I have never read better advice than this book offers. Bravo!--Hugh Van Dusen, HarperCollins Publishers
[S]hould be required reading for any writer of serious nonfiction.--Laura N. Brown, president, Oxford University Press USA
This smart, straight-talking, profoundly encouraging book is an invaluable guide for authors and editors alike.--Sara Bershtel, Associate Publisher, Metropolitan Books
Likely to become the gold standard for anyone hoping to be successful in trade publishing.--Juliet B. Schor, author of The Overworked American
The path from good idea to great book is anything but a straight line, Rabiner and Fortunato know every precipice and crevice.--John Paulos, author of A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper
[W]ill be the standard text for non-fiction authors.--Herbert P. Bix, author of Hirohito, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize
Rabiner and Fortunato take you through the corporate Oz of the publishing world, behind the smoke and mirrors.--Dale Maharidge, author of And Their Children After Them, winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction