Friday, August 26, 2011

More ineptitude from Outskirts Press

From the Outskirts Press blog: "Since 2005 Cheri Breeding has been working as the Director of Production for Outskirts Press. In that time, she has been an instrumental component of every aspect of the Production Department, performing the roles of an Author Representative, Book Designer, Customer Service Representative, Title Production Supervisor, Production Manager and, Director of Production."

Based on the following blog post, Cheri has never worked as an editor. If her writing was checked by an Outskirts Press editor, this is yet one more reason to avoid the inept company.

In traditional publishing, there is a process to ensure that manuscripts are flawless, or at least near flawless; [New sentence should start here!]we all know that mistakes occasionally make it in to [INTO!] print. After submitting your manuscript to a publisher, it is reviewed by an editor and returned to you, the author [Redundant and amateurish], for review. After you have reviewed the manuscript and addressed any issues, the editor reviews the manuscript again, but it doesn’t end there. The manuscript is then proofread, either by the author or a professional proofreader [Or both]. If everyone does their job  [JOBS!] correctly, you should publish a flawless book.  [Not with Outskirts Press]

In self-publishing, however, it is up to you to edit your work.  [Dangerous, or maybe fatal] You can use spelling and grammar tools, but these programs are not flawless. They are not capable of recognizing typos  [They should.] or misused words, and believe it or not, sometimes the grammar suggestions are incorrect. The biggest problem with these tools is inconsistencies [Inconsistency] . Word processing programs are not designed to recognize style inconsistencies or factual inconsistencies. Only human eyes are capable of identifying these issues.  [Probably brains, not eyes]
So how do you make sure your manuscript is flawless? One possibility is hiring a professional editor.  [What are the other possibilities?] This individual will be able to edit your manuscript with a fresh set of unbiased eyes. [Some editors are biased. They're human.] In addition to correcting spelling, grammar, and style errors, an editor can point out areas in the manuscript that are unclear or contradictory. Best of all, an editor will make your manuscript more professional. One of the biggest misconceptions [Often not a misconception] about self-publishing is that the books are poorly written and filled with errors.  The easiest way to dispel that myth is to treat your manuscript as a professional book and take charge of the editing process.


1 comment:

  1. Your article was so funny I read it twice.