Editing

It ain’t up goer science

It ain’t up goer science

After two years as a full-time e-book developer, I’m back on the print wagon—or, at least, one foot is—working for CN Times Books as (executive?) managing editor of print and digital production. CN Times is a wholly owned subsidiary of Beijing MediaTime Book Co., and about half of its staff members are Chinese, with several […]

What happens when an e-book gets corrected?

What happens when an e-book gets corrected?

So, here’s the partial answer to a question I’ve been wondering about: Subject: Kindle Title [title] (ASIN:[ASIN]) has an available update Greetings from Amazon.com. We’re writing about your past Kindle purchase of [title] by [author]. The version you received contained some errors that have been corrected. An updated version of [title] (ASIN:[ASIN]) is now available. […]

Cracking the coding code

Cracking the coding code

Got an e-mail from a fellow book designer this morning asking, “Do you have a blog post about marking up a MS for the designer/typesetter?” Um, I couldn’t remember; had to search my own blog to find out. I found I’d written two posts in which such issues come into play— May I take your […]

Having drunk the copy Kool-Aid

Having drunk the copy Kool-Aid

I love this article by Lori Fradkin, “What It’s Really Like to Be a Copy Editor” (TheAwl.com, July 21, 2010), though I take issue with her opening example: The word is douche bag. Douche space bag. People will insist that it’s one closed-up word—douchebag—but they are wrong. When you cite the dictionary as proof of […]

Wrong, all wrong!

The didn’t mention anything about how each character of the book is placed on the page using tweezers. Also? That guy at the 2:54 mark is really scary. (Via BoingBoing)

Build a copyeditor from scratch!

Build a copyeditor from scratch!

My stats page tells me that that nice Brian Winters has namechecked me again over at Metafilter. This time, it’s to Baethan, who wants to work in publishing. Her question was, What sort of courses, experiences, certifications, degrees, etc. should I pursue to tailor me for a career in editorial publishing? When I return to […]

The many delights of publishing

The many delights of publishing

Bridget points out Rachel Toor’s “A Publishing Primer” in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Excerpts: French flaps: Extensions of the cover of a paperback that fold elegantly back inside the book and hold extra copy, in imitation of the flaps of the jacket of a hardcover book. Très chic. . . . Headbands: Adorable, colorful […]

Speaking of reference books . . .

I just came across the lapsed bloglet Zimmer’s Words of the Week, which appears to have been abandoned some time in April. The archives are full of good stuff, though, much of it from the wonderful Erin‘s Weird and Wonderful books. Consider, for example, bouffage [boo-FAHG] a filling meal. From an Old French word glossed […]

Yes, there is such a thing as a stupid question

Yes, there is such a thing as a stupid question

Even though their CD-ROM and its tech support suck, I still love the Chicago Manual of Style Q&A: Q. I’m editing a textbook that references a play. Should it be “Act 3,” “act three,” or “act 3”? A solution to this mystery would be greatly appreciated. I’ve looked at CMOS a hundred times for help […]

heart-shaped cakes

Patience is bitter, but its fruit extremely sweet.

The production editors notes are in grey pencil, the copy editor’s in red, and mine in purple. It is at this point of the book production that I start to imagine opening the window and jumping out. Awesome cookbook author Rose Levy Beranbaum (The! Cake! Bible!) describes one of her least favorite stages in the […]