Many people helped me in the preparation of this book. I would like particularly to thank the following editors, who talked to me about the way they work: Lewis Blackwell of Creative Review; Iris Burton of IPC's South Bank Group; George Darby, deputy editor of the Telegraph Magazine; Paul Finch of Architects' Journal; Maggie Goodman; and Robin Wood of MillerFreeman. I would also like to thank the following for taking the time to explain to me the rudiments of on-line publishing, here and in the US: Chip Bayers of HotWired; David M. Cole of the Cole Group; Chris Feola of Quill magazine; and Julian Marszalk of PowerPC News. Thanks also to Debbie Beavor for explaining picture editing. Nick Voss Bark of The Last Word talked to me about editorial systems. Razi Mireskandari of Simons, Muirhead & Burton and Nick Braithwaite of Clifford Chance helped me through the new Defamation Bill. Any inaccuracies, omissions and misunderstandings in the book are, of course, my responsibility.
David Longbottom and Joanne Butcher, past and present directors of the Periodicals Training Council, offered valuable encouragement with the project. I should also like to thank Vivien James, formerly of Blueprint, for commissioning the book in the first place, and Rebecca Barden and Vivien Antwi of Routledge for seeing it through to publication.
I also owe a debt of gratitude, not always acknowledged at the time, to those magazine editors for whom I have worked and written over the years: Don Atyeo, Tony Bacon, Paul Colbert, Paul Finch, Simon Garfield, Howard Griffiths, Ian Hislop, Nigel Horne, Richard Ingrams, Sutherland Lyall, Adam Murza, Emma Soames and John Walsh. In their different ways they have all taught me a great deal about what it is to be an editor.
Most of all I would like to thank my wife, Deborah Thorp, for her help, advice and support through the writing of this book-and everything else.