Time to Praise Editors

Published December 12, 2014 by A.J.B. Johnston

Whitney Moran

I’ve been writing books for quite a while, and have always been fortunate to have good editors. What they bring to each publication — questions, comments, suggestions and ideas, not to mention copy-editing — makes each book better than it would be if it was just me all by myself. Seeing what each editor brings to the project is one reason I’ve not yet been tempted to start self-publishing.

Yet as important as editors are, they don’t get much limelight. This note is a first attempt to correct that, if only with a low wattage bulb. I’m afraid that’s the best I can do.

Over the past few months I have once again had the definite pleasure of working with Whitney Moran, Editor at Nimbus Publishing. This time the manuscript was Grand Pré, Landscape for the World (to be released in the spring of 2015). The first time I worked with Whitney was on Louisbourg: Past, Present, Future. On both occasions she has been great. Clear-thinking, rigorous, aware of the big picture at the same time as she focuses on details. I don’t know if there will be a third occasion to bring a book along with Whitney’s help, but one can hope. Whether or not not another project with Nimbus comes to pass, thanks Whitney for all you have done on the first two!

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