Editorial Pick ’n’ Mix is an eclectic weekly roundup of five tips or news items relevant to publishing, copy-editing and proofreading. The premise is that only a few minutes of semi-targeted reading every day of the (working) week will inevitably expand your editorial brain with new perspectives, ideas, resources and skills. Take a look at my recent post on professionalism – the inspiration for Editorial Pick ’n’ Mix – for more tips on how to boost that all-important asset.
Monday: New editions of Oxford’s trio of style essentials released
New Hart’s Rules, the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors and the New Oxford Spelling Dictionary, published by Oxford University Press, are now out in their second editions (confusingly, these are now the second of the ‘new’ editions). OUP are trumpeting that the new-new editions have been ‘updated for the twenty-first century’ in collaboration with professional copy-editors and proofreaders. Officially they’re not published until 28 August but Amazon seem to have copies already. They are also available online for a subscription from Oxford Dictionaries.
Tuesday: Curated self-publishing service opens to experienced freelancers
This one is cheating a little as I didn’t have to go online to find it – an invitation just landed in my inbox. A new ‘all-in-one publishing solution’ going by the name of Reedsy is about to be launched. It offers authors a marketplace of ‘experienced professionals vetted by their peers and selected by [Reedsy]’. Only approved, experienced freelancers will be allowed to advertise and after every collaboration authors will be able to leave a review. One to watch for experienced copy-editors, proofreaders and designers.
Wednesday: In future, all books may be printed green
It turns out there is such a thing as a sustainable font – in other words, a font that uses less ink. Eco fonts have gaps in the letters that are visible in large sizes but invisible at around 10pts and below. It’s worth clicking on the link to see this new eco font as the gaps create an unusually decorative – almost Art Deco – vibe with a strong character that may equally attract and repel potential users.
Thursday: Current citational practices may be unsustainable
Last week I linked to a review of a service designed to speed up the styling of references. But this manifesto would do away with all such esoteric variations altogether and furthermore make massive changes to how texts cite and quote other works. There is a great deal to digest in this piece, some of it (currently) idealistic and untested but much of it sound and sensible. All editors who encounter citations should be aware that change may be afoot.
Friday: Microsoft can’t count
A potentially useful feature in Windows Explorer – adding a column to show the word counts of documents – unfortunately can’t be trusted. The word counts shown in Windows Explorer are all 80–90 percent of the true values.