Wednesday, January 14, 2009

How books are made

From the Digital Marketing Team at Macmillan, who rock.

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Anonymous Richard said...

Exactly! Precisely! Especially important is the 18-copyediting-passes factoid. So little known and yet so important.

WoW avatars are indirectly responsible for 70-80% of sales? So low? I thought it had to be at least 99%. Learn something new every day.

1/14/2009 6:00 PM  
Anonymous gemmation said...

The narrator sounds like the guy from the Engineers Guide to Cats.

I don't know if I'd be more pleased or disturbed if I've got that right.

1/14/2009 6:31 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

I once owned the typewriter shown in the video!

1/15/2009 11:13 AM  
Anonymous hypocrite.lecteur said...

I finally realized why I have an interest in the publishing industry: my Italian ancestors were swarthy paper-felling lumberjacks.

1/15/2009 2:55 PM  
Blogger varske said...

I thought that was the worst video I've seen in a long time. Nothing really about books at all. and who really believes that the editors control books in that way. Why would anyone write one, if that's what editors do.

Terrible

1/17/2009 7:16 AM  
Blogger A Guy said...

Oh, if only... they need to up the copyediting passes to 20 or so.

Thanks for posting this. I didn't actually laugh until the salary of the editorial assistants was mentioned, though I had started to smile when they said the editor read the work four times.

1/17/2009 4:58 PM  

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