Forums Club Ed Editors’ Forum Editing Literary Fiction Reply To: Editing Literary Fiction

Jake Nicholls

That’s definitely a tricky one! I guess literary fiction could be regarded as much more subjective than genre fiction, in that its focus is less on reader engagement and more on things like experimentation with form and theme? In that sense, it has similarities to poetry – and I have no idea how you’d begin to approach editing someone else’s poetry! I suspect it would be a more collaborative approach with the author – making sure their ‘voice’ comes through the text, strengthening the thematic threads…

Would you say, in your experience, that editing literary fiction involves more attention to the prose itself, and therefore tends to lean further towards line editing?