How Authors Work With Editors
Though it may be hidden from public view, teamwork is important to almost any top-quality publication. And no team is more important than an author and their editor. In this session, author Rohan Quine and his editor Dan Holloway will take you through what that relationship is like from the inside. They will go through the various stages of the editing timeline one by one, from the initial late-night conversation in a Soho café about the finer points of “Blade Runner” to the final cut, offering an insight into their unique, humorous, and often surreal interplay and the book that it built, and demonstrating just what you should expect when you enter the editing process.
Whilst there is much agreement that almost all authors need an editor, there is much less said about what to expect from that relationship. This session will give authors an idea of what they can expect from different editorial relationships (developmental, copy) – in terms of the nature of feedback, the number of iterations of that feedback, and the ways in which an editor will work to bring out an author’s real voice; and what they cannot expect – in terms of being forced in directions they are not happy with and having their voice diluted.
Rohan Quine grew up in South London, spent a couple of years in L.A. and then a decade in New York, where he ran around excitably, saying a few well-chosen words in various feature films and TV shows (see www.rohanquine.com/those-new-york-nineties), such as Zoolander, Election, Oz, Third Watch, 100 Centre Street, The Last Days of Disco, The Basketball Diaries, Spin City and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
He’s now living back in East London, as an Imagination Thief. His novel The Imagination Thief is published in paperback, and also as an ebook containing hyperlinks to film and audio and photographic content in conjunction with the novel’s text. See www.rohanquine.com/press-media/the-imagination-thief-reviews-media for interviews and some nice reviews in The Guardian and elsewhere.
Four novellas – The Platinum Raven, The Host in the Attic, Apricot Eyes and Hallucination in Hong Kong – are published as separate ebooks, and also as a single paperback The Platinum Raven and other novellas. See www.rohanquine.com/press-media/the-novellas-reviews-media for interviews and reviews of these.
All five tales are literary fiction with a touch of magical realism and a dusting of horror. They aim to push imagination and language towards their extremes, so as to celebrate the beauty, darkness and mirth of this predicament called life, where we seem to have been dropped without sufficient consultation ahead of time. They may be read in any order.
His upcoming title will be The Beasts of Electra Drive, now barrelling down the pipeline…
Dan Holloway is ALLi’s News Editor and the current Creative Thinking World Champion. A bestselling author and slam winning performance poet, he runs the creative and editorial consultancy Rogue Interrobang.