The good people over at InterVarsity Press have ramped up their blogosphere presence with a couple of cool, new,behind-the-scenes blogs. Welcome!
In Andy Unedited, IVP editorial director Andrew T. Le Peau writes about publishing from the inside.One recent post discussed what goes into craftinga good (or bad) book title. Something I’ve always wondered about myself.
Addenda & Errata is written by the IVP Academic editorial team.A couple of recent postsshared jokes that weary authors inserted into indices and dictionaries. Ever heard of the theologian Franz Bibfeldt?
(In the software business we call these hidden jokesEaster Eggs, though I’m not able to say whether the current version of Logos has any.) :-)
Yet another great IVP blog that launched in the past couple of months is called Behind the Books. Its authors have also been on the theme of levity among the bookish, with a great post about ancient scribal blogs. These are great tidbits found in the margins of ancient manuscripts…things like:
“He who does not know how to write supposes it to be no labor; but though only three fingers write, the whole body labors.”
“As travelers rejoice to see their home country, so also is the end of a book to those who toil [in writing].”
Or these “text messages” between Irish scribes, carried out in the margins of a 9th century commentary:
“It is cold today.”
“That is natural; it is winter.”
I, for one, look forward to learning more about our print publishing brethren from these blogs. I’ll also take the opportunity to remind you that our very own publisher relation guy Bill Nienhuis is back in the blogging saddle at Original Expression and recently shared some insightful thoughts on the battle between authors and publishers over print-on-demand rights.
And who said book publishing isn’t fun…?