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My name is Bob Land. I am a full-time freelance editor and proofreader, and occasional indexer. This blog is my website.
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Friday, October 27, 2017
The Friday News Dump
And AP. God. There's another organization that couldn't find its stylistic ass with both hands.
Authors. I've known a few I'd trust around an index. Indexes are not
* For making connections you neglected to make on page proofs
* For finding terms that your grimy little hands couldn't manage to type on the page in 330 pages of your prose
* For organizing your allegedly comparative text so that the entries are entirely compartmentalized by nation, thus disallowing the reader from seeing at a glance, for example, what the Communist Party might be up to in different countries
Another thing you shouldn't expect an indexer to do unless you've moved the sharp instruments:
* Remove abbreviations "because they are repetitive," and no one needs that cross-reference.
About 5 hours ago, I sent in the second longest index I've ever had to start whittling down. It was brutal. And now I'm back to this index, the longest ever, and of course the work is now unpaid because I'm not getting any extra ducats to do this review. It's all going through India [ugh]. Say it twice.
And the labels function ain't workin' on this thing. That ain't good.
PS: And after all that, Cousin Lazar is left on the cutting-room floor. Something seems appropriate about such summary judgment.