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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.

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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Monday, December 15, 2008

comprise; book sales

1. Observation: An inverse correlation exists between extent of author's use of the word "comprise" and author's ability to use it correctly.

I mentioned this to a managing editor today, and he informed me that Merriam-Webster's 11th now allows the wrong use of "comprise"--that is, " . . . is comprised of." He doesn't agree with it either. I opined that Merriam-Webster's 12th and Chicago 16 will both be about three pages long: a copyright page, a page saying "Do what you want to but be consistent," and an order form for the next edition.

2. Speaking with an editor/typesetter last week, he mentioned that one of the publishers he used to work for once said that all he hoped for out of a certain volume was that the "sales exceed the page count." If you want an idea of the kind of stuff typically on my desk, that just about sums it up.

On the other hand, I received word today that I'd be receiving for proofreading a book of daily quotes and meditations on recovering from sex addiction. Should be a nice change of pace.

PS: Thanks to you regulars out there who have been checking in during my nonposting last few weeks.


moi said...

To: Bob. Dang. You get the most interesting assignments.

From: Moi, the girl who will forever and ever use "comprises" in all the wrong ways. But I guess that's okay, now.

czar said...

Moi: And the least interesting assignments. I am working on a killer now, a 987-page manuscript on which I am performing the most technical of copyedits because the content is about 8 leagues above my head. I already told the managing editor that there is no way in hell I am indexing this sucker (and there's an 800-page volume 2 that I'll be copyediting next month). He emailed me and said, "Sissy." I wrote him back and said, "Self-preservation."