London Book Fair 2022

Time and the pandemic: the former has always gone by in the blink of an eye, but one of the latter’s milder conditions has been thinking otherwise, that time’s just trundling along.

Or: how is London Book Fair less than a month away?

If you’ll be there with an eye on increasing or diversifying your onshore copy-editing or project-management capacity, it’d be great to see you. Our stand is part of the IPG’s bigger stand (6E70/7E50), and we’ll be there on all three days.

On the first of those, the Tuesday, there are two people offering to get a grip on time. Shame the afternoon will probably have disappeared before we remember.

Developmental editing

Our editorial work with BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT, includes more than copy-editing. When required, we work with their authors at an earlier stage of the process, helping them to develop their manuscripts – for example, to define clearly the aim of a book and each of its chapters before setting about achieving them. Is the target reader being served as well as possible, not only in terms of the overall structure but the specifics of the material. Is there too much detail? Is there too much context? Is it sufficiently focused or have topics been mixed? Has everything been explained and justified?

The title pictured above is one that we helped to develop editorially last year, as well as taking it through to final print- and online-ready files – a rare case of project managing Project-Management.

Volume 1, issue 1

Congratulations to Juliano Fiori and his colleagues on the launch of the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, which it’s been a pleasure for us to help out with. The new journal is hosted jointly by The Humanitarian Affairs Team at Save the Children UK, Centre de Réflexion sur l’Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires MSF (Paris) and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester – and you can read more, including the issue itself, at manchester openhive, the home of Manchester University Press’s Open Access content.