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Great online sources for images

September 25, 2009

Tags: images

So many people ask "Where can I find photos (or reprints) of X" that the website page Telling Your Life Story contains a list of Sources for images. I'm posting the links below as well (more…)

September 22, 2009

Failure to curate is at the heart of current problems in newspaper and book publishing, Mike Shatzkin seems to be saying, in his thought-provoking blog on Aggregation and curation: two concepts that explain a lot about digital change. (more…)

What's wrong with that sentence?

September 21, 2009

Tags: grammar and style

Sometimes examples of media inattention to copyediting cry out for public comment. Take the lead sentence in this ABC News story: "Police in Washington state captured a schizophrenic killer who had escaped during an outing from the mental hospital where he had been committed to a state fair." (more…)

Book Publishing Today

September 17, 2009

Tags: publishing

In a terrific albeit not cheerful essay about book publishing today, former Random House exec Daniel Menaker, in Redactor Agonistes, talks about insecurity and unhappiness in the book biz, but also explains why and how it has changed so much, and (more…)

Save this historically important Michigan Library

September 16, 2009

The Federation of Genealogical Societies asks that you help try to one of the most important state libraries in the country. On the budget-chopping block: The cohesive Library of Michigan collection, with over 180 years of Michigan history, literature and culture records, which reflects the lives of not only those who remained to raise their families within (more…)

The old days, in book publishing

September 12, 2009

"We proudly carried manuscripts everywhere.... Decades later, I discovered that my right arm was a half-inch longer than my left," writes Joni Evans in a Preoccupations story for the New York Times.
"But it was our office archaeology that I remember the most. There was a primitive chaos to it all the hybrid scent of tobacco and mimeograph ink, (more…)

Association for the Abolition of the Aberrant Apostrophe

September 5, 2009

Tags: punctuation, grammar and style, Keith Waterhouse

In his classic column about abuse of the apostrophe, Keith Waterhouse wrote, "The AAAA has two simple goals. Its first is to round up and confiscate superfluous apostrophes from, for example, fruit and vegetable stalls where potato's, tomatoe's and apple's are openly on sale. Its second is to redistribute as many as possible of these impounded apostrophes, restoring missing apostrophes where they have been lost, (more…)

Where is Sarah Wernick's "So, You Want to Be a Writer" website?

September 1, 2009

Tags: book proposals, collaboration

For years writers, editors, and publishers have referred writers with questions about how to get a book published to the wonderfully helpful website of the late, great Sarah Wernick. Her old links don't work but SARAH'S WEBSITE STILL LIVES! You can find it on two pages of my Writers and Editors website:

Part 1 is (more…)