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Editor Quotes

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If every editor turns you down, maybe you should take
a second look at your text,
however, just in case.
- Piers Anthony

Editor: a person employed by a newspaper,
whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff,
and to see that the chaff is printed.
- Elbert Hubbard

An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the
chaff and then prints the chaff.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

A very good editor is almost a collaborator.
- Ken Follett

 

It took a brave editor in the U.S.
to sign a contract for Dancing Girls,
and without her belief in the book, I'm not sure it
would ever have found its way into print.
- Louise Brown

When the war was over and the guys were back to shaving every day,
the editor thought the Beetle Bailey strips were hurting
their disciplinary efforts to get the guys back to routine.
- Mort Walker

Of, course it always cheers a news editor when a story
has what we describe as 'legs' therefore it,
erm, runs.
- Kamal Ahmed

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Dullness is the only crime for which an editor ought to be hung.
- Josephus Daniels

I think one of the interesting things is that vi is
really a mode-based editor.
- Bill Joy

Not too many people know who the editor is.
- Julius Schwartz

Writers' bedtimes vary, but few have been spared the
shock of a copy editor's early wake-up call.
- Bill Walsh

A good novel editor is invisible.
- Terri Windling

A good editor understands what you're talking and writing
about and doesn't meddle too much.
- Irwin Shaw

I started to write a new editor not too long ago and
had it about half done after two days.
- Bill Joy

One guy records the voices, another guy times the storyboard,
another guy times the sheets, one guy is the story editor.
All these jobs should be covered by the director.
- John Kricfalusi

Which editor? I can't think of one editor I worked with as an editor.
The various companies did have editors but we always acted as our own editor,
so the question has no answer.
- Joe Simon

Always point your finger at the chest of the person
with whom you are being photographed.
You will appear dynamic.
And no photo editor can crop you from the picture.
- Ken Auletta

I was editor of my high school literary magazine and
a reporter for the school newspaper.
- Jeffery Deaver

Anyone nit-picking enough to write a letter of correction
to an editor doubtless deserves the error that provoked it.
- Alvin Toffler

Marxists are people whose insides are torn up day after
day because they want to rule the world and no one
will even publish their letter to the editor.
- Mark Helprin

Someone who does an act.
In a democratic society, you're supposed to be an activist;
that is,
you participate.
It could be a letter written to an editor.
- Studs Terkel

I have an editor in my head, that's why I can't read Harry Potter,
because Rowling is such a lousy writer.
- Colleen McCullough

Book writing is a little different because,
in my case, my editor is a year younger than me and
basically has the same sensibility as me.
- Chuck Klosterman

This is a man who graduated summa cum laude from Harvard
University in three years,
editor of the Harvard Law Review, argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court.
- Rod Parsley

The essays in The Great Taos Bank Robbery were my project
to win a Master of Arts degree in English when I quit
being a newspaper editor and went back to college.
- Tony Hillerman

In 1972 I married again, to Elisabeth Case;
she continues to be wife,
companion, critic and editor: a partner in the projects
and programs that we undertake.
- Douglass North

After I've sent my revised draft to my agent and editor,
they suggest more improvement sand again,
this revision phase can take anywhere from a few hours to a few months.
- Margaret Haddix

What's more important than who's going to be the first
black manager is who's going to be the first black
sports editor of the New York Times.
- Bill Russell

A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader;
the role of the editor is to mediate.
- John Barton

I was the editor of the school newspaper and in drama club and choir,
so I was not a popular girl in the traditional sense,
but I think I was known for being relatively scathing.
- Tina Fey

The difference with doing a play is that you are in control.
In film you are in the hands of the director and the editor and the producer.
- Kyle MacLachlan

My only claim to fame, if I have one,
is that I'm an editor.
- Woody Herman

I got tired of people complaining that it was too hard
to use UNIX because the editor was too complicated.
- Bill Joy

Ulysses could have done with a good editor.
You know people are always putting Ulysses in the top
10 books ever written but I doubt that any of those
people were really moved by it.
- Roddy Doyle

Doing comedy for film is always a challenge because
you are in the hands of the editor after the fact.
I am hoping I can do some more soon,
I enjoy doing comedy.
- Tim Roth

But for me, being an editor I've been an editor of
all kinds of books being an editor of poetry has been
the way in which I could give a crucial part of my
time to what I love most.
- Peter Davison

Being a conductor is kind of a hybrid profession because most fundamentally,
it is being someone who is a coach, a trainer,
an editor, a director.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

As a painter you're responsible yourself,
100 percent.
In film, you have the editor, the director,
the other actors.
It has the advantage of not being solitary.
- Sylvia Kristel

The writer who can't do his job looks to his editor to do it for him,
though he won't dream of sharing his royalties with that editor.
- Alfred A. Knopf

I wanted to be an editor or a journalist,
I wasn't really interested in being an entrepreneur,
but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in
order to keep my magazine going.
- Richard Branson

And that's another piece of advice I'll give junior writers;
when you get to the point where they take you to lunch,
let the editor suggest where to go.
- Jerry Pournelle

The job of an editor in a publishing house is the dullest,
hardest, most exciting, exasperating and rewarding
of perhaps any job in the world.
- John Hall Wheelock

It is unsound for an independent editor to be a financial
contributor to any cause which would cause any type of special pleading.
- Walter Annenberg

Deep Throat was a very unfortunate name given to the
source by the managing editor of The Washington Post.
- Bob Woodward

An Editor becomes kind of your mother.
You expect love and encouragement from an Editor.
- Jackie Kennedy

It is also one of the pleasures of oral biography,
in that the reader, rather than editor,
is jury.
- George Plimpton

Rewriting is a large part of the whole job.
And get rid of stuff that's not working.
Just pare it down until it's a beautiful thing you can hand in,
probably late, to your editor.
- Kurt Loder

I've been a teacher at the college level,
in composition mostly, and I've been an editor on magazines.
- Jane Haddam

I was the executive editor on a little magazine called Greek Accent,
whose only claim to fame is that its art director went
on to be the art director of Discover for many years.
- Jane Haddam

You should never rely on interviews with musicians as being factual.
Most of them are mangled and even have made up stuff in them,
that is to say, made up stuff by the writer or editor.
- Frank Black

When I'm my own editor, there's very little difference
between the first draft and the final.
I write what feels right to begin with.
I rarely make any major changes.
- Len Wein

'The New York Times' list is a bunch of crap.
They ought to call it the editor's choice.
It sure isn't based on sales.
- Howard Stern

I was surprised that my wife thought it was a good idea,
then again with my agent, another woman,
then my editor, another woman - in spite of the fact
that all three of them reacted positively I still have this fear.
- Michael Chabon

I feel sorry for people who have to edit me.
Which is why book writing is by far the most enjoyable.
Really the only thing it's based on is whether it's good or not.
No book editor, in my experience, is getting a manuscript and try to rewrite it.
- Chuck Klosterman

You know, people always think if you start out as a film editor,
you shoot less footage.
Actually, just the opposite is true.
I tend to grab as much coverage as I can because as
a former editor I know how important it is to have those few frames.
- Robert Wise

I invented animals and birds - I had about two dozen.
After working on them for six months,
I sat down and just for fun wrote two dozen poems to accompany the drawings.
It was for no one to every see, but a friend sent me in to an editor.
- Jack Prelutsky

He was the editor of our paper.
He created the publishing house in Hebrew.
He was - I wouldn't say the "guru" -
but really he was our teacher and a most respected man.
I wrote for the paper of the youth movement.
- Shimon Peres

While writing my first 90 books, I was magazine editor,
publisher, book publisher, executive,
etc., so I was established in publishing.
three of my seven or so books were biographies of sports
stars and really opened doors for me in that area.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

When I was in college, I was the editor of the literary
magazine and insisted neither the editors nor the writers
be specifically identified-only our student numbers
appeared on the title page.
I love that idea and still do.
- Jonathan Carroll

I sent The World Well Lost to one editor who rejected it on sight,
and then wrote a letter to every other editor in the
field warning them against the story,
and urging them to reject it on sight without reading it.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I'm a writer first and an editor second...
or maybe third or even fourth.
Successful editing requires a very specific set of skills,
and I don't claim to have all of them at my command.
- Lynn Abbey

I got that experience through dating dozens of men
for six years after college,
getting an entry level magazine job at 21,
working in the fiction department at Good Housekeeping
and then working as a fashion editor there as well
as writing many articles for the magazine.
- Judith Krantz

It's all about who's where on the food chain.
When I'm the story editor, I expect my writers to follow my vision.
When I'm working for another editor,
I'm obliged to follow their vision.
- Len Wein

On the other track I got to talk with Jon Poll,
my editor, and we go into more detail about the decisions
we made in both the production and the post-production.
So I hope the combination becomes something worth collecting.
- Jay Roach

Between you and me, I think that may be one of the
things that will help with the collaboration,
because there are things Eric thinks I'm moving too quickly on,
and there are things I think he's dragging out.
When it gets to the editor they can arbitrate.
- Robert Asprin

First cuts are a bitch for a director,
because it's been so many months and you put your trust
in your editor and you're going to see your film assembled for the first time.
You look at it and go, This is terrible.
I hate it.
- Richard Donner

One of my first jobs was at the Boston Globe.
I worked in the sports department six months a year.
When I was ready to graduate, the sports editor gave
me a job as a schoolboy sports writer.
- Will McDonough

The first job I was offered was as an editorial assistant.
I think it was the best thing for me,
in terms of being a storyteller by nature,
to have spent years being an editor because I learned so much from it.
- Terri Windling

At one time I thought the Editor of the Lancet would
kindly publish a letter from me on the subject,
but further reflection led me to doubt whether so insignificant
an individual would be noticed without some special introduction.
- William Banting

In my role as Wikileaks editor, I've been involved
in fighting off many legal attacks.
To do that, and keep our sources safe,
we have had to spread assets, encrypt everything,
and move telecommunications and people around the world
to activate protective laws in different national jurisdictions.
- Julian Assange

A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped,
self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in.
This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
- Ring Lardner


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