Thinking, Making, Publishing

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The intellectual work you are doing in this course includes experiencing writing, rewriting, and editing for publication as collaborative processes. All of my professional work as an editor has taught me how important it is to understand that self-directed writing is most productive when you are considering and incorporating changes based on feedback from others. While you are already publishing your work on the open web, your work will now become part of a collaborative process of publishing a book on the web–including a peer review process, editorial feedback, and copy editing.

Where you (we) are writing, revising, editing

  • You have written and published your commentaries, allowing them (and yourself) to rest for a few days, reading feedback, and making changes
  • You are consulting the blog post Commentary on Commentaries that offers an example of a research process (poking and prying with a purpose), and a reminder about the imperative formatting guidelines
  • You are editing your work, attending to the form and content of a descriptive commentary on a literary and cultural artifact
  • You are working on larger organizational structure as well as copy editing (mechanics, punctuation).


Where you (we) are going editorial decision and production

To complete the editorial process and to move the manuscripts through the production process we will be forming teams to do the work.

  • Managing Editors to make sure that all the commentaries are consistent. Next Thursday October 4th Mark will produce a Google folder for all the commentaries and give the managing editors privileges to edit the documents
  • Editorial Team to go over the existing entries in the book and make any necessary corrections or additions. This will be an interesting and educational editorial process that will involve working with Mark.
  • Sound Team who will be responsible for working with all the contributors to assure the audio files with each poem are of consistent and usable quality. Each sound file will be an embedded media file. The example I used earlier in the course and that is Poems and Commentaries page was recorded with the application Quick Time Player on a MAC. There are other ways to produce files that we can use, .mp3, .m4a, .ogg, or .wav files. Word Press has a Tutorial on Audio
  • Contributors team who will design and generate content for a page with thumbnail images of the contributors (or an avatar if the contributor wishes). We will be shooting for a page like the People Page on the Democracy + Culture site I built with students in another course

We will choose teams on Thursday September 27.

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