Write Drunk, Edit Sober
Season Two – Episode Twenty-One
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Editing is something all authors struggle with– especially if they’re editing themselves. On Monday, May 18, we’ll be chatting with the amazing Renni Browne about, not only her amazing career, but her insight on how fiction writers can best go about self-editing.
Here’s a little more about Renni:
Renni Browne has been editing fiction and nonfiction for forty-eight years. Before she became an editor for Scribner’s in 1966, she was a copy editor for Time-Life Books, co-author of a novel, and assistant fiction editor for Woman’s Day. When she left Scribner’s she worked part-time for a paperback publisher and a literary agent while reviewing books for Kirkus, Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly.
In 1968 she became senior editor at Stein & Day, where she stayed seven years until she became a senior editor at William Morrow. Because she was not allowed to take the time needed to edit the titles she acquired, she dropped out of mainstream publishing in 1979.
In 1980 she founded The Editorial Department, an industry-leading provider of editing and publishing support services that this year will be celebrating its 35th anniversary. In 1991 she and Dave King wrote Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, the bestselling title on editing, now in its fifth printing and second edition from HarperCollins. She has written book reviews and magazine articles and appeared on NPR.
Over the years Renni has given lectures, workshops, and seminars around the country on self-editing, dialogue, getting published, and other topics of interest to writers. She’s originally from Charlotte, N.C, and now lives in Asheville with two cats. Hobbies include old-time music festivals, walks in the mountains, and reading fiction. She especially enjoys Elizabeth George’s and Lee Smith’s fiction.