Kicking off National Novel Writing Month!

Get your pens and notebooks out, the coffee maker turned on, and your phone locked away because National Novel Writing Month is in full swing! For those of you who don’t know, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a world-wide event where participants write a 50,000 word novel in the span of 30 days. It…

The Challenges of Typecoding

Editors on the production side of publishing–often called project editors or production editors–coordinate and/or oversee the work of authors, copyeditors, proofreaders, and designers as a manuscript that has been accepted for publication is turned into a book. Often this involves direct copyediting and proofreading, but it also involves lots of letter writing, instruction, and art…

Disseminating Information versus the Protection of Copyright

Publishers often fall in a contradictory spot when it comes to copyright law. On one level, a publisher’s job is to help disseminate information—to make widely available and to promote a particular set of texts that it deems of importance or interest to its varying audiences. But on another level, a publisher also aims to…

How Book Production Could Be Faster and Why It Usually Isn’t

Authors, once they’ve managed to complete their book, which often takes years, often want the published version within a few months of the time they turn it over to the publisher. Readers, anticipating a new volume of their favorite author’s work or wanting the latest information on some hot-breaking story, often want a book as…