archetype at 20ants.com
Wed Oct 5 23:34:12 EDT 2005
Academic publishing is certainly wacky compared to commercial
publishing. As you can see they take a bare bones approach that
pushes the profit margin up.
At 06:25 AM 10/5/2005, you wrote:
>On Oct 5, 2005, at 12:08 AM, 20 Ants wrote:
>>And not just the personal effort of the author... each book has
>>several other editors and technicians who alternately nurse,
>>nurture, or beat the book into existence.
>Absolutely! But the academic publishing world tends to shift all
>these tasks to the author and his/her resources and colleagues.
>My official editor had minimal input on the book. Three academic
>reviewers (paid $100 each!) helped with their comments on the
>manuscript, and my university paid for travel and copyright costs
>associated with the book. I did all the book design, page layouts,
>and graphics production myself.
>Indeed, my co-author is a colleague who served as my "real" editor,
>and I "paid" him by adding him as a co-author (thus he gets a cut of
>Whatever it takes!
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