worlds unknown

When I was in high school, I thought I wanted to go into publishing. I remember researching programs at Emerson and other colleges. I realized fairly quickly how competitive the career path for publishing is and that I'd prefer to be on the other side of the book, as a reader or writer.

More recently, I have been working on the Course Guides for our Writing Program. With Marie, my co-editor I have moved, deleted, and created information for students of 101/101.10 and 145/145.13. We've gone through the entire revision process and then some. I knew that editing was technical; I've never liked copy-editing text but I do like creating text so I was enthusiastic about the project. As the process wore on, it began to wear me down. Not so much the text but the coordinating required of co-editing, collaborating via phone and email with two people in two different places and me in another. I don't know how Jim and Cheryl are co-editing a book, and working with people all over the country. It's taxing. Or it has been for me. Mostly because it never seems to end. I thought I'd gotten the formatting and pagination issues taken care of. But there were still some major problems with the copy I delivered to the publisher on Thursday.

So today, Sunday, I have worked since 1:00 at the publisher's office to fix the problems so we can go to press. I finally, think we have everything in order and it looks damn good, if I do say so myself. I hope I get some major credit on this project. We've worked our butts off.

And I've learned more than I wanted to know about Microsoft Word and its lack of options in terms of formatting.