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  • Pub Speak: A Writer's Dictionary of Publishing Terms on Aug. 19, 2011
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    At some point in one's writing career, one develops a trope for specialist dictionaries. Likely the collection started with a good thesaurus, appropriate style guide and pocket dictionary; by midcareer, a general assignment reporter may have assembled a business lexicon, the APA Publications Manual, a Biblical concordance, a medical dictionary, a couple of music dictionaries, a couple Merck Manuals. Because, by definition, the local library will not be open when the writer is staring a deadline and needs the exact word or phrase. Pub Speak fills a parallel need. Marchini has collected and defined terms the writer encounters while conducting the business of writing. From her Introduction, she intends that the book help authors be more informed as they navigate the process; covering topics ranging from contract terms to production jargon to the major awards and organizations, she has assembled a helpful and worthwhile introduction.
  • Pub Speak: A Writer's Dictionary of Publishing Terms on Aug. 19, 2011

    At some point in one's writing career, one develops a trope for specialist dictionaries. Likely the collection started with a good thesaurus, appropriate style guide and pocket dictionary; by midcareer, a general assignment reporter may have assembled a business lexicon, the APA Publications Manual, a Biblical concordance, a medical dictionary, a couple of music dictionaries, a couple Merck Manuals. Because, by definition, the local library will not be open when the writer is staring a deadline and needs the exact word or phrase. Pub Speak fills a parallel need. Marchini has collected and defined terms the writer encounters while conducting the business of writing. From her Introduction, she intends that the book help authors be more informed as they navigate the process; covering topics ranging from contract terms to production jargon to the major awards and organizations, she has assembled a helpful and worthwhile introduction.