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A Helpful Hint

3 November 2008

If you ever find yourself working in the publishing industry, and the style guide for your publication–be it book, journal, etc.–changes, please let the copyeditor know of the changes before they start working on the newest issue.

There’s no feeling of frustration quite like realizing that you’ve just wasted several hours of your day on making irrelevant changes to a manuscript.

It really puts a crimp in an otherwise pleasant day.

Thank you.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. 3 November 2008 3:34 pm

    Ugh. I feel your pain.

    I hope those several wasted hours were billable…

  2. Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
    3 November 2008 3:56 pm

    Oh yes, indeed. But the time waste still sucks.

  3. 3 November 2008 5:29 pm

    Nothing like working hard to make your freelancers feel part of the loop and valued, eh?

  4. 4 November 2008 7:33 am

    The style guide changed? Really? To what?

  5. Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
    4 November 2008 8:50 am

    The style for references changed drastically. (That is, not something that can be fixed with a global search and replace.) And this in material with an average of 300 refs for each document.

  6. 4 November 2008 10:27 am

    Now you know–and you were paid for time spent, correct?

    I’m really getting to be an over-the-top Pollyanna. That’s what happens when one leaves the nest and then comes back home. I’m doing double duty these days providing hope for her future as well as mine and JB’s…

    BTW: Be sure and let your Republican friends know that they vote on WEDNESDAY.

  7. 4 November 2008 10:33 am

    Just popped in after a little while, and wanted to say sorry to read about the accident, and that I hope things are getting straightened out without hassle.

    Also, the style guide thing – I feel your pain, speaking as one who is having to make changes, very irritating changes, to fit in with an external examiner’s report which contradicts the MLA handbook! My bible of style! And referencing! And footnotes! Oh, the woe. The woe.


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