There are many books about the editing process, for editors and for writers, but these two in particular are the best of the many I’ve read.

The Editor’s Eye: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Book from Good to Great, by Stacy Ennis, is the book I would have written about editing, were I to write a book about editing. I recommend it to any writer who is ready to start the editing process. It provides a through overview of the stages of book editing and tips for hiring and working with an editor. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

The Subversive Editor: Advice from Chicago (Or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself) is an inspiring and at times hilarious book by Carol Fisher Saller, a senior manuscript editor at the University of Chicago Press and the editor of The Chicago Manual of Style Online’s Q&A. For editors, about editing.

Along similar lines as Ennis’s book is this Huffington Post article by David Kudler, “7 Deadly Myths and 3 Inspired Truths About Book Editing.”

Marianne, This book is a better book because of you. Thank you.

Phonse Jessome, Disposable Souls