New York Times
Overall, how do you manage the integrity of older text against hindsight, changing social morés, and the evolution of language?
What you need is editorial support from someone who both respects the sanctity of a beloved text and understands the needs and concerns of contemporary readers and the broader contemporary literary culture. Yes, books are products of their time, but there is always room for editorial guidance and improvement, and not at the expense of an author’s original voice and intent, either. Whether it’s lightly updating some language, rethinking a cover, or writing a foreword to contextualize a text, updates to a backlist can and should be done with thoughtful consideration about the impact the original text had in the past and could have on new readers in the future.
Unfortunately, there are also misguided ways to go about doing this–for example, replacing slurs with infantilizing euphemisms can turn a book into the butt of a joke while harming marginalized people as much as the original slurs did.
Our pool of Cultural Accuracy & Sensitivity Editors and Consultants include professionals with deep knowledge of literary history, awareness of current and upcoming trends and cultural shifts, and, of course, expertise in various marginalized identities and experiences. We don’t just Find + Replace With Political Correctness–when you bring your backlist to us, we offer you targeted, specific advice and guidance on everything from editorial to marketing positioning to new covers unique to your backlist and stakeholders.
Contact us today to discuss your needs and we can put together a custom package of services for an author backlist refresh, series reissue, or redesign.