#MicroblogMondays 34: Editing and Authorship
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There was an interesting post recently on Mental Floss musing that Laura Ingalls Wilder may not have written the Little House books. Or, she did write a draft of them, but her daughter heavily edited them to the point of rewriting them.
It raises an interesting question: how much editing is too much editing when it comes to designating authorship? If you wrote a book and then I edited it, keeping all of the same ideas but smoothing out the language, is it still your book? What if I changed the order to scenes or rewrote a scene or two to change the motivations of the character? Is that still your book?
The editing process is such a hugely important part of book publishing. I can only self-edit my books so far before I hit a wall and need an outsider’s perspective on the project. As an editor, I am always aware of not crossing over a line where my hand is too deeply in someone else’s work.
Does it change your feelings about the books if the original books Laura Ingalls wrote looked nothing like the books that ended up in the bookstore?
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