Category Archives: Publishing

Confessions of a first-time wiki contributor

This week I was contributing to a wiki for the first time. Here are some things you might like to know about wikis: – wiki comes from a Hawaiian word meaning ‘fast’ – there are over 300,000 educational workspaces on PBworks, … Continue reading


#ocTEL retrospective and looking forward

Anyone who looked at this blog before April (ok, so that’s probably my mum and me) might be wondering why a copy-editor and proofreader has been posting about something called ocTEL for the last few months. As well as working … Continue reading


The DIY e-book

One day this summer Sir Alan Peacock, 90-year-old honorary professor of Edinburgh Business School, walked into my office and announced that he wanted to self-publish his latest work Defying Decrepitude as an e-book. He had talked to a few of … Continue reading


Is it the end of the world as we know it?

Amazon executive Russell Grandinetti claimed recently that ‘the only really necessary people in the publishing process now are the writer and reader’. Big-name authors may well regard a publisher as an inconvenient buffer between themselves and their readers, and go … Continue reading


Tips for editing in Word

A copy-editor’s relationship with Microsoft Word can be a love–hate one, but like any relationship the key to its longevity is focusing on the positives. So here are five features of Word that make my life easier and save time. … Continue reading


The trouble with internships

Wealthy parents are apparently buying up the best internships for their children to give them a crucial advantage in what is admittedly a desperate graduate jobs market. Meanwhile, the idealistic graduates of New York University’s publishing summer school are about … Continue reading


Is editing really ‘a lost art’?

According to The Guardian, editors are either invaluable professional bookworms who can quote Ulysses from memory or self-important pedants who intrude in the space between author and reader. So which argument is right? Neither, I think. The article conflates the … Continue reading