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This is difficult. I have opinions!

May 23 2012 at 7:58 AM
Mainely Rick  (Login MainelyRick)
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Response to Looking for book review - The Century Series by Ted Spitzmiller

I wear a lot of hats related to books.
Avid reader of books about a/c and war.
Obsessive collector and reader of model books and magazines.
Elementary/middle school librarian and de facto editor of many student works.
Writer who majored in old-school journalism under a couple of mean ole professors. Much gratitude to them.
I'm a pretty-darn hard-hearted copy editor.
Geezer-in-training, though some label me as already there!

Yes, too many of the Schiffer books are poorly edited and proofed. No excuses for that. I own several, in many cases because of the pictures. Some of their books are properly edited and proofed. Too many are not. Cleanly edited books are the responsibility of the publisher-period.

It is definitely possible to produce nearly-perfectly proofed and edited books. Shelves are loaded with them. One of the reasons the big publishers get big is they ensure their books are done right. If the publisher puts the burden of submitting clean copy back on the author, the final price of the book may not be affected. If the publisher takes responsibility for cleaning up the author's messy submission, that's overhead they need to recover. The cost of producing the book goes up, whether ink-on-paper or ebook.

The are many books in this hobby that are well-written, edited and laid out. They need to be recognized with vigor so the ones not doing as well can see what we'd really like to see.

Though there are many guidelines for nice, easy-on-the eye designs for pages, this is more art than hard-fast rules. There's just no good reason for poor grammar, misspelling and writing errors. Especially with all the modern aids we have on computers now. I'm gingerly climbing off my soapbox.

Rick in Maine

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