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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; Rev Upd edition (5 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159448483X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594484834
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One feels for Betsy Lerner's writers. Oh, sure, Lerner must be a fabulous agent. But too bad for them that in gaining her as an agent, they lost her as an editor. How rare and wonderful it must have been to have such an advocate, adviser and, yes, admirer so firmly ensconced in publisher territory (at various times, Houghton Mifflin, Ballantine, Simon & Schuster and Doubleday). In The Forest for the Trees, Lerner reflects on writing and publishing, both from an editor's point of view. There are so many books by writers and agents promising to disclose what editors really want; here, finally, is one straight from the source. Like all experienced editors, Lerner has seen writers at their best, and she has seen them at their worst. "Like shrinks", she says, editors "have a privileged and exclusive view into a writer's psyche, from the ecstasy of acquisition to the agony of the remainder table".

To writers, particularly unpublished ones, editors can seem imposing figures determined to thwart their success. They won't take calls, they don't offer feedback--sometimes they don't respond to queries at all. Guess what: editors don't lug home hundreds of pounds of manuscripts to read each year because they aren't looking for good writing. "An editor gets off", says Lerner, "on the thrill of discovering a new writer". Editors crave "succinct, well-written cover letters", inspiration that comes from within (as opposed to from the best-seller list), and "catchy, clearly targeted title[s]". They detest unsolicited phone calls, "query letters that sound as if they were penned by Crazy Eddie", and writers who offer to "write it however I want it" (it's "like saying I'll be straight or gay; you tell me, I have no preference"). Lerner is aware of how excruciating it is for a writer to wait for feedback on his work. But she also lets writers in on a little secret of her own. "I'm always anxious about the author's response", she confides. "Will he or she take to my editing?" --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Betsy Lerner has worked as an editor at Houghton Mifflin, Ballantine and Simon & Schuster, and as executive editor at Doubleday. She is now an agent at The Gernert Company. She lives in New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Holly VINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2002
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The main selling point of this book is that its author, Betsy Lerner, is an editor turned agent, thus able to provide a true insider's perspective. And she really excells at doing this.
The book is divided into two sections. The first examines the psychology of the writer. If you're anything like me, you will be amazed at how much you identify with the picture she paints of a writer. It's a fascinating read. More practical advice comes in the second section. Here she tells us about the whole process, from the initial submission of your work, right through the editing procedure, to the marketing. Everything you could ever possibly want or need to know about what it takes to turn your work into a novel is here.
Lerner really knows what she's talking about and she dosn't leave anything out. Any question you could possibly have is answered in detail.
It's also a beautifully written book,and packed full of anecdotes about and from literary legends, as well as own amusing, entertaining stories. It never becomes boring or too full of facts, because it is written so well and interestingly.
I also find it motivates me to write. If I ever fall out of the pattern of writing or get frustraterd, this book will get me excited about writing and give me self belief.
I could not say a bad word about this book, and I would urge you to buy it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sam155 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 July 2004
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If you've ever wondered what happens to your beloved manuscript when you finally drop it into the letter box, this is the book for you. Betsy is on the side of the writer, and indeed, the book buying public, as her aim is to produce enjoyable fiction. She gives constructive and sympathetic advice which would normally take years to pick up from experience alone. I have read this cover to cover and I keep it handy as a reference. She has a warm, chatty tone, but she also gives you the facts. This book was recommended on the Lisa Jewell website, and as far as I'm concerned- it was well worth it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MrsRave on 5 Dec. 2010
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What I love about this book is the way Betsy gets right to the heart of all those doubts and fears you have about your writing. Every question answered in such detail and with such care. You can tell she is someone who genuinely understands the agonies and ecstasies of the aspiring author. Such a brilliant agent/editor insight too. It certainly dismissed some of the pre-conceptions I had of them and has given me a real confidence boost.

From submitting your manuscript right through to the editing stage and beyond, Betsy covers it all, with warmth and sincerity. A really well written reference book, with lots of entertaining stories and anecdotes thrown in. A must for any budding authors out there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sarah Crabtree on 29 July 2014
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I don't usually wax lyrical over reference books; neither do I normally read them from cover to cover and make a note to read them through again more slowly. There is so much advice out there, and there is a danger of being over-advised instead of just getting on and writing and finding your own voice. Basically, what I am saying is if you read this book then you don't need to listen to a whole lot of other stuff about writing. Part of writing is finding out what kind of writer you happen to be. This is a fun and scary section to read. I think I have worn one or more of those hats over the years!

The reason I came across this book is that I was deliberating over whether or not to embark on yet another writing course; i.e. do I have the time, money, motivation etc etc. This book happened to be on the recommended reading list for one of those courses. So I guess I bought the book instead of the course. Getting it as an e-book would have been nice if there had been an option, but I don't want to drag myself into that old discussion again. I'll keep that for the next writing course I attend!
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