Life is Short, Read Good Books


The Millions interviews Little, Brown editor Allie Sommer on the ins-and-outs of being an editor. She talks about her pet peeves, editing style, pleasure reading, and how the process of editing a book differs with every new project:

“Nobody tells you, ‘This is how to edit. Follow these steps.’ Everyone comes to a manuscript with a different perspective, and you quickly learn that each editor has his or her own personal preferences — conventions they love (and maybe even overuse) and things that are huge pet peeves. Also, every manuscript is unique, and so no one rule could apply equally to all books.”

Not all books are created equal.

Mary Allen is a writer working, crafting, and making bad puns in the San Francisco Bay Area. More from this author →