A person who selects and prepares the works of other writers for publication, by selection, arrangement, and annotation. Some collected works (and most periodicals) have more than one editor. Multi- volume reference sets may require a general editor to supervise the work of a staff of editors.
The editing process is usually divided into five functions:
- Acquisition editor recommends works to the publishing company for publication;
- Manuscript editor assists the author in organizing and shaping the work
- Copy editor helps to perfect details of grammar and style, and checks facts for accuracy
- Managing editor coordinates the resources necessary for publication and develops a publication schedule
- Production editor oversees the transition from the editorial process to actual production ( printing, binding, and distribution)
See also: compiler.