What It Is (posts below left; rate sheet, client list, other stuff below right)

My name is Bob Land. I am a full-time freelance editor, indexer, and proofreader. This blog is my website.

You'll find my rate sheet and client list here, as well as musings on the life of a freelancer; editing, proofreading, and indexing concerns and issues; my ongoing battles with books and production; and the occasional personal revelation.

Feel free to contact me directly with additional questions: landondemand@gmail.com.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

A Chain of Restaurants Can Kiss My Fat White @ss

[I could subtitle this, "Welcome to Trump Country." Where I live, 60 to 70 percent of voters will pull the lever for Trump in November, if he's still on the ballot.]


Sent today to a restaurant chain's corporate office on their customer feedback portal.

Bristol, VA:

Awful experience, and we never got past the host station. We'd planned on going to Ruby Tuesday’s next door, but it had closed up shop that very day. We went to XXX's, and the following conversation ensued. The  XXX's employee was one of two at the host station -- a lanky mid-to late 20-something with lightish brown hair and quite an attitude.

Me: You're benefiting from your neighbor shutting down. When did Ruby Tuesday's close?

XXX's: Today.

Me: No notice?

XXX's: Nope. All the employees let go.

My wife: A lot of restaurants around here are closing and moving to Tennessee. Why would they do that?

XXX's: You have something against Tennessee?

My wife: Well, taxes are higher and --

XXX's: Well, you live in communist Virginia.

His comment was made without a bit of humor and with far more of an edge than one would expect. We turned around and walked out.

We'll never be back to this  XXX's or likely any other if you continue to tolerate this type of blatantly confrontational attitude from employees at your restaurants.

I would welcome a response to this feedback. I hope you'll let the manager at the store know as well.

Bob Land

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Protecting That Brand

I'm talking about Drano, and not because the current manuscript makes me want to drink it. 

The current manuscript does, however, mention the product, so I am doing my little A-student copyeditor thing and checking the proper treatment of the brand name online.

All the text says "Drano." All the labels say "Drāno."

I'm going with the text. It's just interesting that the folks at S. C. Johnson and Sons show the pronunciation in the label -- a nod to something or another, or maybe the folks didn't want such a product carrying what might otherwise be the pronunciation. "Drah-no" sounds a bit ambivalent for poison.

Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Shortsighted Department, Floor 2

Prajapati, being alone and “desirous of a second,” dismembered himself in order to produce his own offspring, in order to create.

Jesus Christ, Google

I can't even load a picture of my own freaking dog?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

World-Renowned Theologian Checks In

And will remain anonymous:


You are great. I am impressed with your care in reading my MS, your editing, and your creation of a fantastic index.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Not Helping Matters

Bill Gates: Stay offa my lawn!

Microsoft introduces enhanced research and editing features for Word.

This move will not make for better research or better manuscripts. It will, however, lead to increased plagiarism and more embedded links in Word documents that make my life hell.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Things I Don't Read Every Day

A very short first-person account from the daughter of the gentleman who illustrated Abbie Hoffman's Steal This Book. (She was just establishing her parentage. The account had nothing to do with the book.) If I haven't mentioned Abbie Hoffman or Steal This Book yet in my (dear god) going into nine years of this blog [can that be right?], shame on me. Both were very influential on me as a yute. So thanks to the illustrator and his coauthor, and congratulations to his daughter.

I didn't read this book quite as much as Catcher in the Rye, and I'd be curious to see which has held up better over time for me. Having peered through the latter a year or so ago, Mr. Hoffman may be the default winner. I could be wrong.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Dipping My Toe Very Gently into the Antitechnology Pool Again

How can LinkedIn become more irrelevant to me? By looking like Facebook now when I open it. I'm finding that my six friends on Facebook are about two too many. And now every so often when I open LinkedIn, I'm seeing what people are liking who are even more irrelevant to me than the connections I see through Facebook.

People from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta? God help me. I mean, perfectly nice people (most of 'em), but it's odd the memories that are dredged up.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mazel Tov

Oy, my mother would have been so proud. Finally, one of her sons became a doctor.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Word of the Day



[mass noun] informal The physical world, as opposed to cyberspace or a virtual environment.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Post-Vatican II Update

Just saw something you don't see every day: a nun in a habit . . . waxing a car in 85-degree heat. What's the moral equivalent in Hail Marys or recitations of the rosary?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Lotta People Dyin'

Ralph Stanley, RIP.

In his memory, here's one of the most unlikely pairings of song and interpreter as a person will ever find.

For comparison, the original:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

That Ain't Right

I've received what looks like an interesting book for proofreading.

Page count: 235, of which 93 pages are endnotes.

My interest in this book has just cratered.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Today's Footnote

Those wacky academics just keep 'em comin'.

Perhaps it is from Black Elk Speaks—but I cannot find the exact quote so allow me to paraphrase.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sentence of the Day

Provisions would be provided for him there.

I understand that the author might have been a bit persnickety, but still. . . .

Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Public Service: Order of Book Parts

Sans permission of CMOS. Whatcha gonna do?

I'm putting this here for my own quick reference as much as anything.

Book half title
Series title, frontispiece, or blank
Title page
Copyright page
v or vi
(Table of) Contents
v or vii
(List of) Illustrations
recto or verso
(List of) Tables
recto or verso
Acknowledgments (if not part of preface)
Introduction (if not part of text)
Abbreviations (if not in back matter)
recto or verso
Chronology (if not in back matter)
First text page (introduction or chapter 1)
Second half title or first part title
First text page
Acknowledgments (if not in front matter)
Appendix (or first, if more than one)
Second and subsequent appendixes
recto or verso
Chronology (if not in front matter)
Abbreviations (if not in front matter)
Bibliography or References
(List of) Contributors
Illustration Credits (if not in captions or elsewhere)