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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.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Well, now that's nice

If it's trite, I just haven't heard it yet, I guess.

By counting, one may determine the number of seeds in an apple, thereby obtaining factual information, but by determining the number of apples in a seed, one obtains knowledge of greater moment.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Typo of the Day

What though the shadows gather ’round? A new song Christ is giving.
No storm can shake my inmost clam, while to that Rock I’m clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Name of the Day (I'm running out of time)

Nellie Louie was born at Byrock, near Bourke in far western New South Wales, in December 1903 to Nancy and Ah Louie, one of at least four children born to the couple. 

Footnote of the Day (damn, is it still today?)

See, for example, Evening News, ‘She Liked Chinamen’; Wagga Wagga Express, ‘Sydney Chinese Opium Dens’; Sunday Times, ‘Girls in Opium Dens.’

Word of the Day


Main Entry:re£lume
Function:transitive verb
Inflected Form:re£lumed ; re£lum£ing
Etymology:irregular from Late Latin reluminare, from Latin re- + luminare to light up — more at  ILLUMINATE

 archaic   : to light or light up again  : REKINDLE


Well, the Beverly Hillbillies thing ended up being a bust -- as was most of this seemingly promising book. Easy proofread, disappointing content.

Y'all come back now. Ya hear?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

First Time for Everything

I'm about to read my first scholarly treatment of The Beverly Hillbillies, about 15 pages of a larger chapter.

These pointyheads better get it right. Unfortunately I'm proofreading, so any unsolicited comments about content I might make at an earlier stage would be out of place, particularly since the proofs are going back to Bangalore.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Pity the Author Didn't Learn to Spell While There

"I taught—and learned to teach effectively—at Such-and-So Middle School in Tuscon, Arizona."

Sunday, October 25, 2015

For All You Self-Publishers Out There: CreateSpace

Bob, I just sent book out last night and it's due to arrive on Tuesday (I couldn't bring myself to spend $45 for Monday!)  As a product of CreateSpace, it is all you said it would likely be; in short, stunningly disappointing and defective in just about every way. (In my own defense, I tried hard to get our team to go to another publisher; the numbers were just too good for CS.) If you would like to point out any defects, feel free, and we will try to fix the ones we can.

Their margin of error is a whopping 1/8 inch, so bindings almost all off center, the books are all wavy, the cover stays open after a single perusal and bends skyward, the bold of one author’s story bleeds too much (we are going to use a different typeface; if you have any recommendations of other ways, typefaces to set his story off, they are most welcome), and our designer said the back print job is worse than the local Kinko's would do. Other than that, pretty good inside, except the color is stark white, so we are going to try to change to a cream or beige.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hometown Gets No Respect

Myrna and Harvey Frommer argue that the general practice in New York City politics was to run, for the slots of mayor, comptroller, and president of the city council, one man from the Bronx, one from Manhattan, and one from Brooklyn, one Irish, one Jewish, and one Italian. Residents of Staten Island and Queens, women, and people from other ethnic or racial groups were decidedly and deliberately left out. [emphasis added]

Some Things Never Change

From the Jim Crow era, but just as true today:

As the Washington Evening Star put it, “It must be viewed as one of the ironies of history that the Confederacy, which was never able to capture Washington during the course of that war, now holds it as a helpless pawn."

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Well, You Know I'm Not Watching College Football

Today’s project:

"From 1962 to 1964, he was in the U.S. Army and served as an aide to the commanding general of the Military District of Washington. A social aide to President John F. Kennedy, [Richard] Lipsey was the only nonmedical attendee to oversee the president’s autopsy."

I wonder, How is he still alive?


Ripped from the headlines:

"E! and other celebrity news media said on Friday that Odom had opened his eyes, saw Kardashian at his bedside and uttered a few words before falling back to sleep."

Headline, LandonDemand News Service:
"Oh, Christ, I’m Not Dead Yet?”


[I believe I have overcome the white Gmail background. Must be a mistake.]

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sounding It Out

I don't often copyedit with an ear toward a book being read aloud, but I just couldn't let slide an all-encompassing reference to the Judeo-Christian deity as "s/he/it."

Friday, September 11, 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015

Not Yet Appealing to My Prurient Interests

Working on a Marxist-feminist study of Cuban women's hips. Should be more engaging.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Quote of the Day

"There are only 90,000 people out there. Who gives a damn?"
—Henry Kissinger, 1969

Quoted in Donald F. McHenry, Micronesia: Trust Betrayed (Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1975)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Quote of the Day

From correspondence with an author, and the label for the post is a little deceiving, given that the author is in the UK:

"I think down-sizing is the way to go. However, it's really, really hard! We all want simpler lives, yet the complications of getting to that point leave one's mind boggling!"

Words I Never Expected to Type in an Index

zombie apocalypse

Monday, August 17, 2015

Damn Overachievers

He's known for his charitable works and activism (although I also seem to remember stories about some domestic abuse against Darryl Hannah), and many of the Eagles' more tolerable songs are his, but how the hell do you write such lyrics as those below at age 16?

[Lyrics reflect Nico's version on her first album. She and the songwriter were an item back in those days, when he was all of 18 and she was in her post-Velvet Underground period.]

"These Days" (Jackson Browne)
Arranged by John Cale; backing musicians: John Cale and Lou Reed

I've been out walking
I don't do too much talking these days
These days
These days I seem to think a lot
About the things that I forgot to do
And all the times I had the chance to

I stopped my rambling
I don't do too much gambling these days
These days 
These days I seem to think about
How all the changes came about my way
And I wonder if I'll see another highway

I had a lover
I don't think I'll risk another these days
These days
And if I seem to be afraid
To live the life that I have made in song
It's just that I've been losing so long

La . . . la . . . la . . . 

I stopped my dreaming
I won't do too much scheming these days
These days
These days I sit on cornerstones
And count the time the quarter turns to ten

Please don't confront me with my failures
I had not forgotten them

Monday, August 10, 2015

More APA Rage

New York, NY in Biblio
Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press

Makes a body appreciate Chicago, IL

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Smart and Dumber

I am constantly amazed at what some otherwise highly educated people think passes for correct punctuation.

The authors whose books I read for theological and university presses are supposed to be experts in their fields. Said authors didn't get that way, one presumes, by watching Wheel of Fortune while pounding Cheetos and Mountain Dew.

They've read books and scholarly articles. Lots of them.

So, when writing their own, why do they flaunt the most basic of grammatical standards?

I'm working on a book now in which the author routinely puts punctuation inside close parentheses that should appear outside of it. A few examples follow, with some words changed to protect the guilty:

Some institutions prefix a letter or two to denote the type of image, and some have a code number unique to the donor (especially if they are repeat donors.)

A private lender was anxious about placing his historic firearms in the museum for a required six-month period (the usual display time for firearms is no more than three months.) 

Always leave a note in it’s [sic] place stating: 1) what it is; 2) the date it was removed; 3) the reason it was removed (e.g. for a loan, photography, conservation;) and 4) the approximate date of return. Imagine seeing a note that simply states “Object Taken” (as has been seen.)

Make sure your doors have weather-stripping, sweeps and thresholds (gaskets,) and block all other small areas of possible insect entry.

Do these examples suffice? Imagine 142 pages of this style. Thankfully the volume is short.

The point of the post is that I don't understand how multiple-degreed, professional people who are highly respected in their fields can write sentences as if they're unfamiliar with the concept. 

Another example, which I see frequently enough to drive me to distraction -- and a form of which also resides buried somewhere in this blog -- is

"Where did my car go," Jim wondered?

My question has always been, "Has this author ever seen another publication present punctuation in this way? How can this even look correct, even from a visual standpoint?" 

I guess that's the case if someone has spent a lot of time reading. There are other ways to make it in the world.

. . . Not that I'm familiar with them. I'd say I'm open to suggestions, but at this point I'm pretty untrainable, and you don't want me in your workplace. Not if anyone there likes microwave popcorn.