How should you credit your editor? Advice from a former publisher

Personally, I like crediting anyone who has a hand in the final product. Work is work, and greatly appreciated.

Nail Your Novel

Celeste_Holm_and_Oscar_from_Gentleman's_Agreement_trailerShould your editor be credited as a contributor to your book? What about your proof reader, copy editor? And where should you credit them?

Long ago, I ran an editorial department in a small publisher, so I thought it might help to give some guidelines.

Here’s my post about front matter, which explains all the fiddly stuff like title pages, half-titles, contents pages and so on. Today, I’ll concentrate on those editorial people you’d like to thank. And indeed, whether they would be better not mentioned at all.

Collections

If the book is a collection of curated material, eg short stories, poems or essays, it’s usual to credit the person who put it all together. Put it on the main title page, the cover and the spine – eg ‘edited by Roz Morris’. That would also go in the ‘main contributor’ section of the book’s official listing on KDP…

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One comment on “How should you credit your editor? Advice from a former publisher

  1. Thanks for the reblog, Zoe! We certainly enjoy the vote of appreciation. But you have to be careful about what the credit implies because it’s someone’s livelihood and reputation that’s at stake. I’m seeing quite a lot of horror stories from editors in response to this post, particularly on Twitter.

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