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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 […]

Maira Kalman’s Tel Aviv

Maira Kalman’s Tel Aviv

This here, my friends, is art direction at its finest: I ask an artist I’m all fawny over if she wants to draw something for us, she very kindly says yes, and then I don’t lift another finger (well, except to digitize five gouache paintings, which was a nontrivial task given their size, my mediocre […]

Job application tips

Job application tips

I’m in the process of hiring an assistant, someone who can toil away at the work thing while I’m at school making crafts, and I’ve finally dug down to the bottom of the pile of résumés that began pouring in thirty minutes after I posted the job. (And if you haven’t heard from me yet, […]

Archipelago Books catalogs

Prepress Gremlins: The Duotone Edition

Twice a year I lay out a cute little catalog for a publisher friend, and I’ve been doing it for four or five years, so the files have gone through several software upgrades. They were originally supplied to me as Quark XPress 4.1 docs, and I probably kept it that way for one or two […]

The Week in Pictures

The Week in Pictures

I’ve been on vacation since last Thursday, so I forgot to take screenshots of the glory until yesterday, but for nearly every day in the past week, Nextbook.org has been running stories garnished by illustrations I commissioned. Two are by artists you’ve seen here before—Samantha Hahn and Vanessa Davis—and two are by new! people!—Jonathon Rosen […]

Camberwell Carrot

“If I spike you, you’ll know you’ve been spoken to.”

So, the other day, I was asked to set up HTML for an e-mail that someone else—let’s call them Agent B—is sending. Today Agent B sent us a preview of the e-mail, with the Agent B logo added at the top and the usual “Click here to unsubscribe, etc., etc.” at the bottom, but the […]

revised price list

Well, nobody can accuse book designers of price fixing.

Tom Christensen did an informal survey of four book designers to find out how much they’d charge for a hypothetical job. I was trying to determine a reasonable price for a 320-page hardcover collected poems, interior and cover/jacket design. . . . According to the 2001 edition of the Graphic Artists Guild handbook of Pricing […]

A PSA to U.S. publishers that do not have legal departments

(and to anyone else in the United States who hires freelance designers): If the designer of your book’s jacket or interior is not an employee of your company, rather than an independent contractor, and if you do not have a written contract that expressly says that the design work was done “for hire,” then you […]

Now’s your chance

Now’s your chance

Remember Merrill Perlman, the New York Times copy queen who did a loooooong Q&A last year? Well, she’s just started another one: Talk to the Newsroom: Director of Copy Desks Merrill Perlman. So now’s your chance to have those burning editorial questions finally doused. One of my esteemed former colleagues at St. Martin’s has a […]

The first time a bong has appeared on Nextbook?

The first time a bong has appeared on Nextbook?

The lovely Vanessa Davis has drawn a three-page comic for Nextbook.org to celebrate Purim. You do not need to know much about Purim to know that this is awesome.