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URLs in printed footnotes: how to access?

Is there an easy way to include links to URLs from a printed book. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on Oct 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Can you help me figure out how to revise my novel after rejection?

I wrote a novel (hooray!). I got an agent (hooray!) The book went out to lots of great publishers (hooray!) who all rejected it (tears, sobbing, and gnashing of teeth). And now I'm flailing. Can you help me get my head straight and figure out a plan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2014 - 18 answers

I make mistakes. Does that mean I’m not cut out to be a proofreader?

I am very dissatisfied with my career trajectory (it may be laughable to even call it that) and I’m wondering if it is because I am doing something that I really have no aptitude for. Is there really such a thing as an "error-free" proofreader? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2013 - 24 answers

How to stop trunking my short fiction before it's even submitted?

I've been writing short fiction. I've got my process down pretty well, to the point that I am not getting stuck in writer's block hell or any other common pitfalls. I have ideas, and I'm capable of getting them down on paper. I revise them, I produce new drafts, etc. My problem comes in the last phase of the process. I don't know when to say something is done. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Mar 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Why are book editors nowadays so bad at their jobs?

What's gone wrong with book editing at major publishers? [more inside]
posted by deeper red on Nov 6, 2012 - 23 answers

One would think that I could figure this out if I'd decided on this field, huh?

Can MeFi help me tweak my résumé for a career change into publishing and editing? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Apr 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me monitor students as they write in my online writing class

Help me monitor students as they write in my online writing class [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Sep 30, 2011 - 7 answers

How can I search a text for internal repetitions?

How can I search a text for internal repetitions? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Mar 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Document formatting systems for collaborative work

We're trying to set up a collaboration on a textbook-like document, but we're not sure what formatting system to use. Considering LaTeX, but would appreciate some perspectives on how to make it easy for people to make contributions. [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Feb 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Pay me please!

I do freelance work for a company that I suspect may be in financial trouble. How do I protect myself? How best to find out what's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Editing HTML and copy workflows!

How can I copy and paste text, and include links, without making a mess? [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds on Apr 19, 2010 - 4 answers

How bad is shipping a book with errors?

A book I edited shipped with significant errors because of my negligence. How bad is it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Volunteer editing

Where can I get volunteer editing experience in the Portland, OR area, or via the internet? [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on Nov 3, 2009 - 4 answers

It's a steady job, but he wants to be a paperback... editor

EmploymentFilter: I will soon have a job interview to be a copy editor/proofreader for a scientific publishing company. What sort of questions can I expect my interviewer to ask? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil on May 14, 2009 - 7 answers

Words into Type? Anyone?

Does anyone still use Words into Type? [more inside]
posted by scratch on Feb 18, 2009 - 6 answers

How to make my content stay where I want it?

Adobe InDesign: Why, when moving pages around within a document, will it cause the design elements (all frames, text boxes, graphics, etc.) on the following pages to shift 1/8" to the left or right? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Jul 27, 2008 - 11 answers

What do you do next with a B.A. in English?

Post-collegefilter: I'm trying to figure out what I want to do with my life, and have decided I want to try to break into the publishing industry. Are certificate programs the way to go? [more inside]
posted by andeles on Feb 26, 2008 - 17 answers

What are [A] [B] heading notes?

What are "heading notes"? This is a book publishing question, not computer programming. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2007 - 5 answers

Break Out the Red Pen

If you spot misspellings in a book, should you notify the author or the publisher? Or will it not even matter?
posted by dr_dank on Apr 7, 2007 - 29 answers

BELS certification: what's the deal?

I'm interested in becoming certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences. Their Web site is rather cryptic: apparently they only send you the particulars of what the exam entails once you have applied to take it. Has anyone taken this exam or known someone who has? What's it like? Moreover, do you have a sense of how professionally useful the certification is at all? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Dec 7, 2006 - 3 answers

Ink-Stained Wretch-to-be

Career change advice sought! Help me make the switch to editing/publishing. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Apr 14, 2006 - 5 answers

Friends with Typos

Friends who write books: My question is simple. If a friend has had a book published (not their first by any means) by a well-known publisher and one notices several typos in the text, is it best not to mention them? Or is it polite to commiserate with said friend over the lack of thoroughness on the part of the publisher? I don't want to be rude, but I want to show that I really have read the book.
posted by different on Dec 10, 2004 - 16 answers

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