What's Up @ TEC! August 2012

by Beth McAuley

Published at 2012-08-01

It's August 1st and the summer is moving along at a steamy pace here in Toronto. Torontonians have experienced some hot weather and amazing thunderstorms, as well as blissfully beautiful summer days. Here at TEC, we've been keeping up the pace with an amazing array of projects, which we are pleased to highlight for you here.

Academic Manuscripts
In the ever-changing world of TEC projects, academic manuscripts are a constant! Currently, we're copy-editing a business manuscript focusing on teaching leadership skills for a more sustainable world for Rotman-University of Toronto Press, and we are copy-editing a book on Canadian history for Oxford University Press. We are pleased to say that we have completed the editing and checking of final pages for Volume 1 of The Pleasant Nights, edited by Donald Beecher, for the University of Toronto Press. We had been working since December 2011 on this 750-page collection of translated Italian Renaissance stories by Giovanni Francesco Straparola. It's great to see it nearing publication.
Academic Articles
It always livens up our workdays when academics come up to our office to chat about their work. After a few productive meetings and phone calls, we've recently stepped in to help a number of academics who were feeling uncertain about their writing—be it through substantive editing, copy-editing, or supportive consultations at Beth's desk. As always, the works we've seen lately have covered a wide range of topics, including evolutionary biology, religion and cultural production, literacy education, and occupational science.
Trade Non-fiction
In addition to academic work, we provide editing services to trade publishers. This past month we copy-edited a trade book on the value of gold in today’s marketplace, and we continue work with a client who is preparing her manuscript on therapeutic palliative massage for publication in the fall. We also copy-edited the newest chapter of the revised edition of Dennis Reid’s A Concise History of Canadian Painting for Oxford University Press.
TEC has completed a number of proofreading jobs over the past many weeks. We proofread The Trial of Galileo by Thomas F. Mayer and Made in Madagascar by Andrew Walsh for UTP Higher Education. And for Wiley, we proofread Cash Cows, Pigs and Jackpots by David Trahair and Children with School Problems: A Physician's Manual by Debra Andrews and William Mahoney.
We are currently proofreading an anthropology book for UTP Higher Education and a healthcare book on patient care for Wiley.
Nina recently completed 20 indexes for two series of children’s books, Disasters and Astonishing Headlines (published by Saddleback Educational Publishing), for our client BLPS in Wisconsin. Nina created short back-of-the-book indexes for several new chapters in the 20 books, each focusing on a different type of disaster or headline, and carefully worked her entries into the indexes that were already there. Topics ranged from tornadoes to volcanoes to ship disasters and more.
Business Editing
In the past months we've been working with several new business clients. We have been hired on by Dolce Publishing to copy-edit materials for their flagship magazines: Dolce and City Life. Maple Reinders Construction hired us to proofread its annual report and a series of marketing brochures, and we are currently editing a Homeowner's Manual for Sundial Homes of the GTA. Finally, we continue copy-editing and proofreading training modules for the Purchasing Management Association of Canada.
Writers Support Packages
Three new clients have signed on for our editing and proofreading packages. Under the Publisher Submission Package, we have partnered up with an author who has completed the writing of her memoir and is ready to send out copies to publishers and agents. Two of TEC's editors will be assisting her with fine-tuning the materials and preparing them for submission. Another client has signed on for the Dissertation Package. TEC editors will provide copy-editing and proofreading support throughout the process as she writes a series of articles for her dissertation. Our third client has signed on for a tailor-made Copy-Editing and Submission Package. A TEC editor will copy-edit his historical fiction novel and assist him in preparing a submission package for publishers.
Jessica is working through the final 100 photos for the 1,600-page nursing textbook for Pearson Canada. Beth is close to finishing the permissions work for a chemical engineering textbook for a professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey (being published by Wiley New York), and is handling another smaller project for Pearson, a reader on biomedical ethics.
Social Media
Max, our social media and website coordinator, continues tending to our Twitter feed and Pinterest, Facebook, and Google+ pages.