Opinions are like . . . you know: everybody’s got one. House editing style guides and preferences are no different. Browse through any random collection of imprint house publications, periodicals, or online articles, and you’ll witness a menagerie of guides, including The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), the Associated Press Stylebook(AP), and a smattering of personal preferences seemingly chosen at random. The resulting style format can resemble an amalgamation of spare parts—something akin to a Frankenstein’s monster of house style. The curious aspect is the specific, obscure details individual editors decide to take a stand on—the hills upon which they choose to fight and die.
Given that there is overlap between the different stages of editing, and the fact that some smaller presses forgo line editing altogether, why should we even care about it? It’s a legitimate question. I think the line edit holds an important place in the publishing process, even if it doesn’t get the benefit of being a distinct procedure.
These are the opening stages of grief that you may go through when receiving a developmental edit on your manuscript. But don’t worry. You’re not alone.
If you’re a blogger, a freelance writer, a journalist, or even a student with Ooligan Press, your chances of needing to interview someone at some point in time are pretty high compared to the general populace. Some people have the foresight to prepare by majoring in journalism or doing an internship. The rest of us […]
So, you’ve just dashed off the concluding words of your magnum opus and clicked that trusty “Save File” button one last time. Huzzah! All those late nights and sunny days spent indoors have finally paid off. The only task that remains is to begin sending it off to prospective publishers—right? Well, maybe not quite yet. […]
You spent months collecting letters of recommendation, cultivating your writing samples, hand-selecting each punctuation mark and every turn of phrase on your graduate school application essay. And now you’re in! You did it! You’ll be starting your master’s program in Book Publishing at Portland State next term. Congratulations! When the time comes for you to […]