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New Yorker Copy editor: “Our purpose is to make the author look good.”

In her incredibly witty TED Talk, Mary Norris, a copy editor for the New Yorker also known as the Comma Queen, defines the intimately technical relationship between editors and writers beautifully: “There is a pact between writers and editors. The editor never sells out the writer, never goes public about bad jokes that had to be cut or stories that went on too long. A great editor saves a writer from her excesses.”

Watch it here, or here.


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