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#whyeditors: Why Editors Matter

Last week, the New York Times announced a baffling decision to eliminate its stand-alone copy desk (and, therefore, a huge chunk of its copyeditors). In the days that followed, NYT reporters and editors sent strongly-worded letters to executive editor Dean Baquet and managing editor Joe Kahn explaining why copyeditors are so crucial to the Times’s operations, especially in an era when…

Memoir vs. Autobioraphy

In the past few months, I’ve been approached by several clients who were interested in working with me on a “memoir” only to discover—either through conversation with the author or by reading the manuscript—that, in fact, they were looking for someone to edit/assess/develop an autobiography. (Or vice versa.) Memoir and autobiography both involve…