F167. What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do

Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


On the path to book publication, the editor is often seen as a mysterious and intimidating figure—the gatekeeper, the guru, or perhaps the pitiless slasher of prose. Such perceptions linger because the role of editor encompasses a wide range of tasks—not just shaping words on the page but serving as a book’s first and most critical advocate and publishing strategist. Five experienced panelists will share with writers in all genres what they need to know about what editors do.


Peter Ginna was most recently the founder and publisher of Bloomsbury Press; before that he held editorial positions at Oxford University Press, Crown Publishers, St. Martin’s Press, and Persea Books. He comments on books and publishing on the blog Doctor Syntax and on Twitter @DoctorSyntax.

Calvert Morgan is Executive Editor at Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and board chair of the Center for Fiction. He has worked with authors including Jess Walter, Roxane Gay, Lidia Yuknavitch, Edward Carey, Rachel B. Glaser, Sarah Gerard, Kate Zambreno, and Blake Butler.

Jeff Shotts is Executive Editor at Graywolf Press, where he acquires and edits poetry, creative nonfiction, literary criticism, and translation.

Carol Saller is longtime editor of The Chicago Manual of Style’s online Q&A and was chief copy editor for the 16th edition of the Manual. She writes the Editor’s Corner feature for the CMOS Shop Talk blog and is the author of The Subversive Copy Editor as well as the young adult novel Eddie's War.

Ayesha Pande is a literary agent who has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before launching her agency, Ayesha was a senior editor at Farrar Straus & Giroux. She has also held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Crown Publishers.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside