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April 02, 2005


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Naba Barkakati

Joe, Based on my experience as author of several Wiley titles, I couldn't agree more about the key role that DEs play in the publishing process. Once I start on a book, the DE becomes my main contact at the publisher and it's the DE who guides me through the manuscript submission process and keeps everything moving. That's why I always remember to thank the DE in the Author's Acknowledgments :-)

Joe Wikert

Hi Naba. Well, that explains why our DE's are always looking forward to your next project! You're right about the DE's role. They also often serve as a traffic cop, making sure everything is flowing in smoothly and heading into the right stage of tech editing, production, etc.


Hi Joe, Thanks for such a useful information about DE. In my opinion, in a small publishing house, which is gradually growing, a person (hopefully an editor)who is responsible for the quality (overall) of the final product, usually performs several roles during different stages of publishing while the book is going through different depts.), say,production, editorial, etc. He/she involves deeply in copy editing, editing, development editing, fact checking, cross checking marked corrections, etc. as he/she is answerable for other's work also. So, the responsible person has to cross check each & every details in the book whether it's Author's feedback/corrections/suggestions or the editor's corrections.

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