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date: 20 May 2019

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Editorial departments are critical components of a publishing house. Their core function is curation of the lists: that is commissioning and choosing which books (or content) are to be published by a given publisher. The idea of the curatorial paradigm is introduced to explain this concept. The curatorial paradigm is the set of explicit and implicit guidelines and philosophies by which a publisher selects works. It is both produced by the editors themselves and is also felt as pressure by those editors; it is circumscribed at its widest extent by the permissible set of curatorial paradigms within a society. One of the key factors about such paradigms are their frequently contradictory nature: publishers can, from the outside, have highly divergent lists and yet this will be supported internally by a clear curatorial paradigm. To understand what publishers do, then, we must understand how such paradigms operate.

Keywords: Editing, editorial, commissioning, curator, curating, paradigm, selection, Faber, society, literary theory

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