R229. What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Redline

Room 512, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Your work has been accepted—congratulations! So what happens next? How come it takes so long between that coveted “yes” and seeing your name in print? Why do editors want to change your words after you worked like crazy to make them perfect? And what’s a redline, anyway? This panel pulls back the curtain on the book and magazine editing process: the order of business, typical timeframes, what the red marks mean, and why your editor wants to be your partner in crime (and isn’t out to get you).



Mia Lipman is senior editor at Yesler, a Seattle-based creative agency, and principal editor at Dots & Dashes. She cofounded Canteen magazine and hosts the reading and music series Lit Fix. Her writing has appeared in Kirkus Reviews, Modern Farmer, San Francisco magazine, and elsewhere.

Kjerstin Johnson is the editor in chief of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. She teaches magazine writing at Portland State University.

Nadxieli Nieto, the former managing editor of NOON annual and editor in chief of Salt Hill Journal, is currently the lead designer and editor at Nieto Books (nietobooks.com), as well as a contributor to Electric Literature and elsewhere.

Annie Tucker is a Los Angeles–based writing coach, developmental editor, copy editor, and writer with a sixteen-year background in book and magazine publishing. She is the former managing editor of Juxtapoz art magazine and former editor of DivineCaroline.com as well as an arts writer for LA Weekly.

Chris Heiser


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center