How Words Get Good

The Story of Making a Book

Rebecca Lee
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A behind-the-scenes tour for booklovers everywhere.

Once upon a time, a writer had an idea. They wrote it down. But what happened next?

Join Rebecca Lee, professional word-improver, as she embarks on the fascinating journey to find out how a book gets from author's brain to finished copy. She'll learn the dark arts of ghostwriters, uncover the hidden beauty of typesetting and find out which words end up in books (and why). And along the way, her quest will be punctuated by a litany of little-known considerations that make a big impact: ellipses, indexes, hyphens, esoteric grammar and juicy errata slips. Whoops.

From foot-and-note disease to the town of Index, Missouri - turn the page to discover how books get made and words get good.

Or, at least, better.

Author bio:

Rebecca Lee is an editorial manager at Penguin Random House. She's spent twenty years managing hundreds of high profile books from delivery of manuscript to finished copies, signing off millions of words as fit to go to print with only the occasional regret.

Category: Writing & Language
ISBN: 9781788166379
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Profile Trade
Pub Date: May 2022
Page Extent: 384
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Writing & editing guides