Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The inside scoop on editing an anthology

The January/February issue of Faith Today contains my review of A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. I was moved and blessed by this anthology of stories (true and fictional), essays, poems, and even a play, by members of The Word Guild—Canadian writers, editors, publishers and speakers who are Christian.

In my review I drew attention to the work of the editors, N.J. Lindquist and Wendy Nelles, and their success at preserving the variety of writers' voices while giving us a smooth read. And so I was interested to come across Janet Sketchley's interview of N.J. and Wendy, where they reveal the process they went through to assemble this book.

I found out, for example, that a mere 10-15% of the pieces required only minimal editing. The rest went back and forth numerous times. Some pieces were a combination of several. Others were almost completely rewritten.

To discover more about how such an anthology is assembled and edited, read all of "Interview: The Editors of A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider"

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