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50 Best Blogs By and For Editors

by Staff Writers

Behind most great works of literature, classic and contemporary, is a hardworking editor. Not only did he or she have to approve the manuscript for publication, it also required revisions and grammar and spelling check to make the final product as readable as possible. Not every book on the shelves is a winner by any stretch of the imagination, of course, but editors are just as responsible for printing absolute treasures as they are eye-gougingly egregious offenses against all things bright and beautiful in this world. Students hoping to pursue a career in the literary arts should do their best to connect with the bountiful resources available online. Professionals from across the industry frequently take to the internet in order to educate the world on how literary works come together.

Rather than anything comprehensive, this list seeks out an eclectic selection of blogs pertaining to multiple aspects of the literary industry, including nonfiction. This decision does not discount the contributions of other bloggers out there, and we hope visitors will seek out other, unlisted opinions for a diverse glimpse at the world of reading.

Editors and Editing

  1. How Not to Write a Novel: Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman wrote an amazing instruction guide for aspiring novelists, and carried on the greatness to their supplementary blog.

  2. Evil Editor: Humorous and enlightening, the Evil Editor shares some of the more egregious literary offenses preventing publication.

  3. Editor’s Blog at Writer’s Helper: Future editors of the world would do well to see how one professional goes about dishing out advice to writers and would-be writers.

  4. W Editor’s Blog: Perfect for those wanting to edit both physical and online magazines alike, this behind-the-scenes look at fashion reporting offers up one (albeit fluffy) conduit for research.

  5. Editor’s Blog at the Bradenton Herald: Journalism students eager to learn about what goes into editing and managing a local paper and website will probably appreciate Joan Krauter’s detailed insights.

  6. Editors Weblog: Presented by the World Editors Forum and the World Association of Newspaper News, this resource plunges into everything journalists need to know about keeping a daily periodical running as smoothly as possible.

  7. Editorial Anonymous: This children’s book editor shares triumphs and tragedies inherent to life in the publishing industry while simultaneously dishing out fabulous advice.

  8. Read Roger: Horn Book editor Roger Sutton blogs about the daily minutiae of this career path as well as his opinions regarding the latest literature news and development.

  9. Nonfiction Book Editor: Editors and aspirant editors with a preference for working on nonfiction literature might find Barbara McNichol’s blog a nicely educational read.

  10. Query Shark: The query letter is one of the most essential components of a manuscript submission, and fledgling editors should know what a competent one entails.

  11. Brooklyn Arden: Children’s book editor Cheryl Klein talks about the books and authors with which she works as well as her life and thoughts on various industry and current events.

  12. bloomabilities: While it may not update as frequently as some of the other blogs on this list, bloomabilities offers up some neat insights into life as a children’s book editor.

  13. The Book Deal: Alan Rinzler, the Executive Editor at Jossey-Bass Publishing, gives visitors an insider’s view of all steps of the publishing process.

  14. The Editors’ Blog: Hopeful editors wanting to work with nonfiction will probably enjoy Rudy Baum’s take on his career editing with CENtral Science.

  15. Editor’s Opinion Blog: Even though Marie Claire holds some very ignorant views of non-idealized human bodies, the magazine’s editing blog does provide some insight into how a glossy comes together every month.

  16. The Editor’s Blog: Check out recommended reads, insider points and plenty more from a very engaging, very educational online resource for editors.

  17. Grammar Girl: Stop by Mignon Fogarty’s blog and podcast for refreshers in proper grammar. An essential bookmark for all editing and writing professionals.

  18. Member Blog at Self-Publishing Review: Self-publishing means a lack of professional editing. While this is tantalizing to some writers, they really should know how to put themselves through the very same process. Editors can easily pick up some points here, along with information on why so many writers want to avoid their services entirely.

  19. The Subversive Copy Editor: Carol Saller keeps a cheeky, highly informative blog on the many positives and negatives about her copy editing career. PROTIP: It’s not exactly Mad Men.

  20. Computer Weekly Editor’s Blog: Another great resource for editors wanting to work with technology, nonfiction and magazines — if not some combination of the three!

Industry News and Views

  1. Pub Rants: A literary agent oh-so-sweetly takes every facet of the publishing industry — from writers to editors to the business side.

  2. Lisa Gold: Research Maven: Check out the publishing world through the lens of a research expert, who lends her talents to fiction and nonfiction authors alike. Lisa Gold also shares many of the interesting, enlightening, eclectic tidbits she picks up.

  3. Pimp My Novel: After the submission and editorial process, the frequently-overlooked business side of publishing takes over. This blog discusses that particular facet with a clarity and comprehensiveness suitable for outsiders and greenhorns.

  4. Blogs at School Library Journal: Read multiple perspectives from multiple literary professionals, especially as they relate to books targeting children and young adults.

  5. Columns and Blogs at Publisher’s Weekly: A plethora of publishing pros weigh in on everything from their experiences and advice to reviews of the latest recommended and not-so-recommended reads.

  6. Paper Cuts: This offering by The New York Times delivers interviews, news and opinions from a variety of different publishing facets.

  7. Books Blog at The Guardian: Look into the industry from a British perspective, with plenty of insightful commentary and content to appeal to book lovers both professional and amateur.

  8. Blogs at The New York Review of Books: Beyond the reviews, editors can reference this amazing resource for interviews, trends and commentary on a lovely, wide range of relevant literary topics.

  9. Writer Beware– Blogs!: In spite of the title, editors also need to know and understand what sort of scams exist out there to prey upon both writers and other literary professionals.

  10. Blogs at Writer’s Digest: Peek at the ins and outs of publishing through multiple lenses, each of them targeting writers interested in impressing editors.

Literary Criticism

  1. The Book Bench: Like all great literary criticism blogs, this offering by The New Yorker illustrates how literature both influences and is influenced by the surrounding culture.

  2. ReadySteadyBlog: Both ReadySteadyBook and its accompanying blog offer up some of the internet’s most insightful and educational literary criticism and book reviews.

  3. the Literary Saloon: Another absolutely amazing, thoroughly detailed and enlightening read, every editor needs to bookmark the Literary Saloon.

  4. OnFiction: Passionate, successful editors would do well to understand the psychology behind some of the most beloved (and not-so-beloved) literary works out there.

  5. Juxtabook: Books, book culture and book education form the core of this blog, which provides editors with plenty of lessons and refreshers regarding their audiences.

  6. Salonica: The amazing Salonica allows its readers to stay on top of literature from publishers, writers and editors hailing from different points around the world.

  7. Asylum: John Self maintains one of the internet’s most respected and intelligent resources on literary criticism, and editors would do well to see what all he has to say on the subject.

  8. The Reading Experience 2.0: Classic and contemporary literature alike receive some immensely comprehensive, provocative criticisms here at this fantastic blog.

  9. The Story’s Story: Writers and editors alike know that every work of literature has a narrative far outside its pages, and The Story’s Story devotes itself to discovering and relaying these tales.

  10. Three Percent: University of Rochester helps editors and other readers updated on international literature, including plenty of reviews and criticisms.

Writers

  1. Sandra Newman: One of the authors of the absolutely essential How Not to Write a Novel weighs in on both her own writing and broader literary issues alike.

  2. Novelists, Inc. Blog: For editors wanting to work with novels and other long works of fiction, this blog provides a peek into the writerly mindset.

  3. the rejectionist: Book reviews, rants, raves and insights regarding the writing process all factor in to this illuminating blog — a great resource for editors who do not simultaneously work as authors.

  4. Whatever: Bestselling, award-winning author John Scalzi shares his perspective on the literary arts and the publishing industry what brings them to readers.

  5. Warren Ellis: Though known mostly for his comic work and devotion to transhumanism, this multifaceted writer also tackles novels, television, essays and other mediums.

  6. Wombat Wisdom: Multiple writers start chirping in about their positive and negative experiences in the publishing industry, dishing out some seriously useful advice along the way.

  7. Dispatches from Tanganyika: Author Poppy Z. Brite has earned quite a cult following, and her blog provides a neat little window into how her mind works.

  8. Web Petals: The official blog of author Marjorie M. Liu chronicles her vivid imagination and the role it plays in creating her novels and comics.

  9. Neil Gaiman: Audiences flock to the dark, whimsical writings of Neil Gaiman, and his accessible online presence discusses beloved projects past, present and future.

  10. The Lipstick Chronicles: Female authors from multiple genres weigh in on their work and experiences for fans, aspirant writers and other literary professionals.