The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner

The Forest for the TreesThe Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to WritersThe Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner by Betsy Lerner

Enjoyable and insightful look at the publishing industry. Lerner’s tone is sympathetic and supportive, but still quite realistic about publication. The stories she shares illustrate her points well, although there were a few times when I wished she’d been willing to share the names of the individuals in question. That was just me being nosy though! There are some named examples however, so it’s not just all anonymous examples.

Recommended for anyone seeking publication. If you’re not, I’m not sure how valuable it would be, but I found it interesting enough that I was glad I read it, even if I’m not looking to be published in the foreseeable future. I do generally like behind-the-scenes type looks at things though, so I was a bit predisposed to enjoy this.

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Publisher’s Description:
Quickly established as an essential and enduring companion for aspiring writers when it was first published, Betsy Lerner’s sharp, funny, and insightful guide has been meticulously updated and revised to address the dramatic changes that have reshaped the publishing industry in the decade since. From blank page to first glowing (or gutting) review, Betsy Lerner is a knowing and sympathetic coach who helps writers discover how they can be more productive in the creative process and how they can better their odds of not only getting published, but getting published well. This is an essential trove of advice for writers and an indispensable user’s manual to both the inner life of the writer and the increasingly anxious place where art and commerce meet: the boardrooms and cubicles of the publishing house.

Book Details

Title: The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to WritersThe Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner
Author: Betsy Lerner
Category: Nonfiction / Writing
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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  1. Just read this at your suggestion. She is a good writer, and her book made me want to read the book about Max Perkins, the editor she talks so much about. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • I’m glad you mentioned that – I meant to look for that book as well, and then completely forgot. It did sound intriguing!


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