Curating; or, building the manuscript index

Back in early 2018, I composed a series of blog posts about getting started with turning a dissertation into a book, including researching the publishing process, targeting series, oft-circulated myths, and, in five parts, how to fund it. Then, at the end of the revision process and on the cusp of drafting new content, I wrote on the strategies for revision I had found most useful, seeming an appropriate moment to reflect on what exactly the revision process looks like. Such nuts-and-bolts queries I have found difficult to pin down from those who do have books, as well as in all the metaliterature, so I decided to document them here while I take time off from my normal reviewing.

I am happy to say the draft manuscript is in for final review! In that grey time of the holidays where all one can do is wait and hope, I have a pair of posts reflecting on the process driven by data I collected each step of the way. In this post, I offer a process to tackle the dreaded index, whose compiling has greatly changed in the wake of new Style tools in MS Word and Google Docs. This is something I realized you can totally do for yourself without a tremendous amount of labor or farming the task out to an inexperienced (grad) student.

It’s alive! The manuscript lives together in print for the first time. October 1, 2019.
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November Blogroll: Birds-of-a-Feather Edition

From a summer 2014 exhibit at the Ashmolean.

Dear readers,

This month, a list of some of my favorite Twitter users (mostly) related to early modern English studies. Of the serious nature, these include @roaringgirle (Claire Bourne), an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, who is currently on a research fellowship with the Folger and so is regularly posting images and reflections on the archival research process there. She’s also quick with a resource or recommendation, as is @wynkenhimself (Sarah Werner), the digital tools and media coordinator for the Folger. Both are very active conference twitters, so if you can’t make it to #ShakeAss15 this year in Vancouver, they will likely be a ideal feeds to follow. If you are looking for the scoop on the early modern research scene across the pond at Oxbridge, the ever-funny @earlymodernjohn (John Gallagher) is your guy.

Twitter seems to work best for me when I can add some fun to my work-related feeds. Better than #TBT or #FF feeds are #WoodcutWednesday and #ShakespeareSunday, the later with a surprisingly large participation rate week-to-week perhaps because of the early morning proposed theme. Better yet is the bricolage poem generator @pentametron, who builds a sonnet throughout the course of the day, every day, by retweeting pre-exiting posts in iambic pentameter (akin to For consistent laughs, @KngHnryVIII and @selfawareroomba. Happy November, all!


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