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Eyewitness The rise and fall of Dorling Kindersley: The Inside Story of a Publishing Phenomenon by Christopher Davis

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11 – Hughes the Money

It was often hard to know, at the beginning of a publisher-author relationship, how it would develop. Sometimes it remained strictly functional – write, deliver, edit, exit. At the opposite extreme, it became involving to a degree whereby the manuscript was submitted along with a carousel full of the emotional baggage of an unfulfilled life. Somehow an editor, as midwife to the birth of a book, has to steer a middle course that engages the trust of an author without allowing his or her own life to be swamped by a tidal wave of the writer’s insecurities or crushed by preening egotism. The profession of editor, like that of a midwife, is in theory at least among the most self-effacing of callings, but the role requires one ...

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