PUB 601: Editorial Theory and Practice

This guide is a starting point for library research required for the PUB 601 assignments. 

If you need help, please contact Matt Kingcroft, Librarian for Interactive Arts & Technology and Publishing at 778.782.7588 or or Ask a librarian.

Course description: "The theoretical component of this course focuses on theories of composition and rhetoric. The practical component focuses on the various types of editing that take place in publishing. Students are examined on both the theory and their attained competence in editing." 

Books on editing

To systematically search for relevant books use subject headings by doing a Subject search in the Library catalogue. For example, you could look for books on these subjects

Publishers and publishing
Publishers and publishing -- Forecasting
Editing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc
Book proposals

You could also combine subject headings in your search, for example Publishers and publishing AND Editing.

The complete list of subject headings related to Publishers and publishing could also be useful.


For more details on subject headings and for help with the catalogue, see the Library Catalogue search guide or Ask a Librarian.

Contract information

  • Help yourself to a better contract : a guide for evaluating and negotiating your trade book contract [print]
  • Model trade book contract [print]
  • Publishing agreements : a book of precedents [print]
  • See also: Sample Publishing Contract

For more books on authors and contracts, search the library catalogue for books that have both the subject headings Authors and publishers AND Contracts. You could also browse the shelves in the PN 155 call number area.

Publications and online sources

Check the Industry resources and reports section of our Publishing information resources: Facts + data page.

Other useful resources and links are listed under the Directories on our Publishing information resources: Facts + data page: in particular, ABC Bookworld (publishers of BC Book World magazine) has an excellent on-line archive on BC writers.

Many relevant organizations are listed under the Associations section of our Publishing information resources: Additional resources page, including the
Editors' Association of Canada, the Writers' Union of Canada, and the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC).

Some reading and news resources are also listed on our Publishing information resources: Additional resources page.

Blogs and online newsletters: