Publishing Wiki

publishing wiki

To help answer people’s questions about the publishing process, and I hope to provide a forum for collaborative thinking, I’ve started a publishing wiki. Follow the link on the welcome page that leads to the overview of contents to get a sense of the probable content. (Please bear in mind that this is just in the beginning stages at this point.) Some items are already links, others are just placeholders. They are listed more or less in the order in which they would occur in producing a book.

This is not a public wiki like wikipedia — unregistered users can’t edit content. But I’d like to collaborate with some people on this, so if you have experience in the publishing industry and you’d like to help out, send me an e-mail.

Those who don’t want to register and participate can still follow the link from the welcome page to this post and leave a comment here.

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  1. Great idea, Tom. I posted about this on my publishing blog and let readers know you are looking for editors.

    Good luck!

    Chris Webb
    Executive Editor
    John Wiley & Sons

  2. Thanks, Chris

  3. This is a great idea. The thing that would be really helpful would be for typesetters and designers who have done technically tricky work to submit their workarounds. Too often people end up reinventing the wheel – someone at one publishing house has a problem, tracks down rarely-used software, battles with its incompatibility with Quark, solves somehow, and the solution is then lost unless that particular person happens to get the problem again. It might be helpful, in fact, if one could have listings for specific books as well as for general topics – if one has seen a book whose production team had done a good job, one could run a search for the book, rather than work out the heading under which particular problems might fall.