Publishing editor

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A publisher's editor ( Latin lector , reader), usually just called a lector , is an employee who works in the publishing industry to select, correct and evaluate manuscripts .

The job title and access to the job are free, there is no regulated training or study. Lecturers have often completed a degree in the humanities , mostly German , English and linguistics . Lecturers in specialist or scientific publishers have mostly completed a degree in the subject they supervise. The path to book publishers often leads through a publishing internship.

The publishing department to which editors are usually assigned is called the editing department .

Freelance editors not only work for book publishers, but also, for example, for PR and advertising agencies or for public institutions. One such activity for book publishers is called external editing.


In addition to the selection, correction and evaluation of manuscripts, the other tasks of a publisher's editor include:

  • looking for suitable authors and manuscripts for planning the publishing program ;
  • suggesting manuscripts for inclusion in the publisher's program;
  • the editing of manuscripts in collaboration with the author ( editing );
  • accompanying the finished manuscript through readiness for printing through to publication;
  • Coordinating marketing activities in collaboration with the advertising department (the editor usually drafts advertising and blurbs );
  • the supervision of publishing authors in his area of ​​responsibility, also independent of the individual project ( mediating role ).

The tasks of an editor overlap with those of the editor ( editing ) as well as with those of the proofreader and go further than these. It is not possible to sharply delimit activities from one another, they are at best historically understandable. The influence of the rapidly developing information and data processing has changed these professional fields for decades. Depending on the medium (book, newspaper, magazine, internet ...) the area of ​​responsibility of the editor, editor and proofreader is tailored differently.

The activities also differ depending on the type of publisher: general publisher ( belletristic publisher, non-fiction publisher, advisory publisher), specialist publisher and scientific publisher.

Editors shape the publishing program with their personal profile to such an extent that authors sometimes join them when they change publishers.

Freelance workers often do the pure text work ; Especially editors who work for literary magazines and literary publishers are in low-paid, precarious employment.

Since the 1970s, the field of activity of the publishing editor has expanded to include tasks related to target group and market-oriented development of the publishing program ( product management ); this extension is reflected in job titles such as product manager or program planner.

See also


Web links

Wiktionary: Lektor  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ Bbl. Survey, newsletter April 14, 2006
  3. Carina Sulzer: Schwache Spitze, starker Foundation , Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Buchforschung in Österreich 2006-2, pp. 42–67, p. 51