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A top book editor on what it takes

The new publishing terrain, Jonathan Karp says, should encourage talented writers.

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While a high school student in New Jersey in the early 1980s, Jonathan Karp wrote a newspaper column titled “The World According to Karp.” The title was an obvious reference to The World According to Garp , John Irving’s bestselling novel in 1978.

Today, 34 years later, Karp happens to be Irving’s editor.

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