Written by Nicola Redhouse
Around two decades ago, book publishing entered a kind of eco-systemic metamorphosis. The traditional variables we had relied on to organise the way books were produced, read and sold all changed considerably. For the most part this meant a switch from typewriters to computers, paper edits to on-screen edits, print runs dominated by set price scales to more flexible print-on-demand capacities, and the production of e-books alongside paper books.
I began editing during this period of flux, and in most senses have been part of the New World – only once during my work have I had to communicate with an author via telephone by necessity (the author was in a remote location with a notoriously bad postal-delivery record) and, though I give authors the option, I can count on one had the times I have delivered an edit on paper.