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 and proofreader, and occasional indexer. 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.

Thanks for visiting. Leave me a comment. Come back often.

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.