2006.05.19: May 19, 2006: Headlines: COS - Cameroon: Publishing: Princeton University: Cameroon RPCV Starling Lawrence is an editor at W. W. Norton

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Cameroon RPCV Starling Lawrence is an editor at W. W. Norton

Cameroon RPCV Starling Lawrence is an editor at W. W. Norton

As an editor, Lawrence adapts himself to the needs of particular writers. "In terms of what you have to do, it varies widely," he says. "With some writers you may have to do a lot of hand holding or line by line editing. Some books we end up entirely rewriting, which usually means you made a mistake when you bought it."

Cameroon RPCV Starling Lawrence is an editor at W. W. Norton

Editor and novelist Star Lawrence '65 helped Lewis tell his story

Starling Lawrence '65 is an atypical character in publishing. In addition to being editor-in-chief at W. W. Norton, where he edited Michael Lewis '82's The New New Thing, he has written two highly regarded books: a collection of short stories, and Montenegro, a novel. "Most editors aren't good editors because they can't write," Lewis says. "Star's a wonderful writer who's willing to edit. It puzzles me, but I'm certainly glad."

As an editor, Lawrence adapts himself to the needs of particular writers. "In terms of what you have to do, it varies widely," he says. "With some writers you may have to do a lot of hand holding or line by line editing. Some books we end up entirely rewriting, which usually means you made a mistake when you bought it."

For his part, Lewis has found working with Lawrence to be extremely productive. "Writers and editors are like dance couples," Lewis says. "Star's well suited to me because he's good at solving the difficulties I encounter. My problems are usually storyteller problems, and he has an eye for how a story works."

Norton is as flooded with manuscripts as most publishing houses, and Lawrence reads several proposals and manuscripts per day-enough to allow for the occasional mistake. "I've seen enough books that I rejected go on to greatness to know that I'm not a barrier to publication," he says. Yet despite his long hours-lengthened by the fact he wakes up early to work on his own fiction-Lawrence still finds his job rewarding. "I know I have something that a lot of people want," he says. "And when I stop getting excited about that, I'll leave. But I don't think golf courses in Florida are in my future."





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