Not too long ago, I met with a talented author friend of mine for coffee. Since grad school seems to occupy nearly every free second of my life, it didn’t take long for the conversation to move to editing. After discussing my nerves over taking over the editorial manager position for Ooligan, I quickly found myself nodding sympathetically as my friend discussed editors she’s worked with in the past—both good and bad.
By the time a reader walks by a table of newly released hardcovers or an endcap of crisp staff-pick paperbacks, each book has undergone a grooming process to become the package it presents. A good book cover grabs attention and gives its potential reader a sense of the story inside. But just as a book’s […]
Transition is always a tricky thing. No two people use the same organizational system, the same naming conventions, the same rabbit hole of folders. Nevertheless, we all step into our predecessor’s shoes, dive into the work, and hope to make sense of it on the other side. Beginning my work leading Ooligan’s marketing department has […]
If you had told me last summer that by this summer I would be the Ooligan digital manager, I would have been like . . . Bock-bock-ba-what? Like many other word-lovers who have been forever entrenched in the humanities and social sciences, the idea of anything computery seems out of line. My identity revolved around […]
As the publisher’s assistants at Ooligan Press, we serve as the first point of contact between the public and the press. In this role, we manage the Ooligan email accounts, and so we answer a number of questions—some of which we wish we didn’t have to. So here are our top five emails NOT to […]
After being selected as the new editorial assistant, I was both elated to have a larger role in Ooligan Press and apprehensive of the mistakes that lie ahead. And while I am still thrilled to be an editor, I can’t seem to rid myself of the ever-present anxiety and fear. They’re like that relative you […]