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How Can An Editor Balance Editing the Work of Others with His/Her Own Writing?

We have been asked to go back in time, in my case about 3 decades, to my early 20s, and write about what kind of job in the publishing industry I would most like to hold, and to discuss how that job would balance with my own writing activities.             For me, the answer then would be the same answer I would give today. As much as I love writing, I also have a passion for editing. By the age of 21, I had served as editor of my high school newspaper, which won awards for its quality, and I was the founder and editor of my college newspaper. Because of my credentials as editor of the St. Joseph’s College Spectrum newspaper, before I graduated, the college saw fit to establish a Written Communications minor, which shared faculty between the English and Communications departments.             To me, writing is great, but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Valerie Peterson (2017) wrote, “The book publisher’s editors perform all the duties necessary to acquire and edit books …

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