Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Who Are They: 10 Publication Roles
Critique partner (aka Critter) - A peer who reads a manuscript with a critical eye and provides valuable feedback that will help the author improve grammar, spelling, style, continuity, genre guidelines, etc.
Beta Reader - (Alpha being the author) A reader who is not necessarily a writing professional, who will read the finished manuscript prior to submitting it to a publisher for the purpose of evaluating the book from a general reader's perspective and provide feedback on the story as a whole including readability, quality, and any areas that still might require adjustment.
Book Reviewer - One who will read and review book objectively for the purpose of providing an brief summary and honest opinion of the book to share publicly for the perusal of those who may consider reading that book.
Advanced Book Reader - Books that are sent to industry professionals and professional reviewers from literary magazines, etc. who will have an opportunity to print a pre-release review of the material.
Endorser - An author who agrees to read a book prepublication at the request of an author. agent, or publisher for the purpose of providing support through a qualifying comment on the quality of the work, shown in a positive light.
Influencer - Someone who agrees to participate in positively promoting a book by sharing a review, interview, on book store & book review websites, social media, and or their blog.
Literary Agent -An agent's job is to determine if your subject has a market they can help you reach. They serve as a liason for the author to the publisher by submitting manuscripts, negotiating contracts, providing marketing advice, and many other essential aspects of communication and marketing.
Editor - An editor reviews book manuscript submissions and considers if the book will be a viable project for the publishing house and champion the project within the publishing house before an editorial review board for final consideration. Editors take the manuscript and turn it into a polished product ready to be printed and market ready. They address the overall structure and organization including character and plot development, pace, organization, subplots, character motives, tone, etc.
Copy Editor - The copyeditor works on the book at the manuscript stage, marking grammatical and spelling mistakes, querying inconsistencies, conflicting information, and awkward phrasing, verifying facts, preparing a style sheet, and keymarking the manuscript for design. They make sure the manuscript is clear, correct, concise, comprehensible, and consistent.
Proof Reader (aka line editor)- The proofreader works on the book at the galley proof or page proof stage, comparing every word of the manuscript with every word of the proof, verifying correct word breaks, making sure that all editorial changes were input, and (with some publishers) verifying that elements were set according to design specifications.
Do you have anything to add or clarify to this list?
Who are your favorite publishing peeps! I'll tell if you do.