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January 07, 2016

The Book’s Journey: Editing from Both Sides of the Desk

SessionPosterLOST HORSE PRESS founding director, Christine Holbert, and poet and WWW faculty member, Carolyne Wright, are pleased to present, at THE WHIDBEY WRITERS WORKSHOP MFA PROGRAM, a three-part session on publishing, The Book’s Journey: Editing from Both Sides of the Desk.

This session will take place on Friday, 15 January 2016, from 2 – 5:30 pm in the Ice House at the Captain Whidbey Inn in Coupeville, on Whidbey Island. (2072 West Captain Whidbey Inn Road, Coupeville, WA 98239, Telephone 800-366-4097)· 


Hour I: Organizing the Storm

We will explore how to put together a book-length collection, develop lyric and narrative poetic sequences, conceptualize book-length poems, and how to go about getting a poetry collection published. Researching appropriate presses, following submission guidelines, dealing with rejection, and what to do (at last!) after the acceptance of your manuscript. This session will be illustrated with anecdotes and examples:  trials and triumphs!


Hour II: The Two Way

We are a writer who submits her work to editors, and also consults as a Senior Editor to Lost Horse Press about book queries and submissions; and the Founding Editor who decides about book manuscripts submitted to Lost Horse, and also designs, produces, and publishes those books. We will discuss practicalities and etiquette of working with acquisitions and managing editors (especially at independent presses); preparing your manuscript for copyediting, proofreading, and promotion—blurbs and reviews, interviews, and readings.


Hour III: Transformation on the Publisher’s Desk

What happens to a manuscript—whether it’s an anthology or another genre—when it arrives on the publisher’s desk? The book production process officially starts when the acquisitions editor submits a final, edited manuscript to a copyeditor. At that point, the manuscript is considered to be “in production” and the page layout and design process begins. In this hour, we will discuss the various revisions and transformations a manuscript undergoes—including the special challenges that anthologies present—on its journey to become a “real” book.

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