Manuscript Preparation, Copyediting, and Proofreading

Q. When the original author of a book has died and the original book is being revised by others, what is the best way to handle this on the title page? Should the original author be mentioned at all?

A. Horrors! When writers die, others don’t get to grab their stuff and claim it belongs to them. The original writer is the only one whose name is required on the title page; the revisers’ names are optional. If they want to be on a title page, tell them to write their own stuff.