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    On Editing Clauses in Publishing Contracts by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware
    Editing clauses are one of those contract areas where there needs to be a balance between the publisher's interests and the writer's. A publisher needs a certain amount of latitude to edit a manuscript to prepare it for publication (assuming it's professional enough to do editing at all--you might be surprised how many small press contracts I see that don't include editing clauses). It also needs to have the right to final approval--it doesn't want to be forced to publish a manuscript that the author can't or won't revise to the publisher's satisfaction.

    A writer, on the other hand, needs assurance that they will be a partner in the editing process, and that their work won't be changed in major ways without their permission.
    You can read the entire post here. See also the comment from Teresa Nielsen Hayden.
    Last edited by AW Admin; 03-03-2015 at 10:14 PM.

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