The compilation edit is unique to the operations of our teaching press, but coordinating this type of edit has been an invaluable learning experience for me as an editing professional. Editorial work is often more of a flexible art than a task that follows a standard procedure, as there are many ways to work with an author to bring out the best in their work.
Another season has passed for the 50 Hikes in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests team, and the project feels ever more real to us. Since our last update, our talented design team has brought together the many elements of this book—the photographs, maps, illustrations, informational icons, and text—into a cohesive product.
Dedicated readers of the Ooligan Press blog already know that The Ocean in My Ears has an absolutely gorgeous cover (for those who are unfamiliar, click here). But did you know that—thanks to the keen and diligent eye of Maeko Bradshaw—we are soon to have an equally impressive interior? While the interior design of a book often doesn’t get the fanfare of the cover, a well designed interior creates a “cohesive product that enhances the entire experience,” as our own Justin Orendorff wisely points out in his post.
So you’ve written a novel. You’ve done a couple of drafts, and you feel good enough about it to ask a few people to take a look. Choose carefully; you need constructive feedback, not unconditional love. You won’t get it from the person who’s kept all your precious papers since you were four, and you won’t get it from your soul mate. Your trusted readers are business casual: friendly, but there for a reason.
The first read is mostly for characters and story—the who, what, and why. Your trusted readers tell you what was great about the book and what wasn’t so great. They ask for clarification and comment on that thing that happens in chapter four that maybe could happen sooner, or not at all. You grit your teeth, smile, and revise.
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. […]
So much has happened since our last post about this book! In the intervening months, Eliot Treichel’s manuscript—A Series of Small Maneuvers—has become a real book. Winter 2015 was devoted to developing and copyediting, and we got to watch the manuscript blossom into a full-fledged powerhouse of a young adult novel. In spring, we moved […]