Category: Pros on Prose

The 10 Vital Strategies of a Great Editor

Posted: August 15, 2016 | By:

Josh Bernoff

Being a great editor is hard. You must at once be naive and wise, omniscient and humble, impatient and implacable, sympathetic and uncompromising. You must think like a reader, like a writer, and like yourself.

Here are 10 vital strategies to master the contradictions of being a great editor.

1. Critique as a reader, not as...

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Unconventional Wisdom: What Speakers and Writers Can Learn from Cleveland and Philly

Posted: August 9, 2016 | By:

Dan Gerstein

If the State of the Union is the Super Bowl of speechwriting – the most-watched, most-hyped, and most-dissected address of every year – the presidential nominating conventions are the rhetorical equivalent of March Madness. Wall-to-wall speechifying night after night, ping-ponging emotional highs and lows, no end of cable TV replays and hot takes . . . all viewed through the prism of getting to the Big Dance.

But now that balloons have...

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How to Write a Book Proposal That Doesn’t Suck, Part I: Comps

Posted: June 26, 2016 | By:

Brooke Carey

You know how some employers say that they throw out resumes with spelling errors on them because it indicates the job applicant lacks attention to detail? As Gotham Ghostwriter’s Chief Matchmaking Officer and a former editor at a major publishing house for more than eight years, I judge you equally harshly if your book proposal does, or fails to do, certain things. And I know I’m not the only book professional who feels this way.

One such critical area is a...

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