Project


Overview: The goal of this project is to allow you to experience the process and demonstrate what you have learned in terms of developmental- and copy-editing, as well as document design and layout. It is worth 35% of your final grade and it should reflect a near-professional level of finish -- from grammar and mechanics to design. The areas listed below will help me to assess the different aspects of your work. I will look at your finished product AND any process documents that you choose to share with me. Typical process documents we have discussed could include a process "log", and should include an Editing Style Sheet (mechanics) and a Visual Style Sheet (font and layout decisions). You may also choose to provide additional materials that demonstrate the "draft" that you started from. If the relationship of these materials to the final product is not totally clear, please explain in a cover lette.r

Instructions:
On or before the time of our final meeting on Tuesday, 8 May at 12:30pm, you should prepare the package of materials for your final project and complete the
Final Project Submission Page. You elect the format of your submission: a physical object, a series of web-links, or a combination. You may upload supporting materials to the wiki and provide links or choose to give me a folder/envelope with all your materials. I hope many of you will be submitting a physical book. Please include a SASE for this to be returned to you. Also, if you are electing this option, please have a backup-plan in place should your service not "deliver" on time. There is not really any time for late submissions.


Project Text

Mechanics 10
  1. spelling
  2. punctuation
  3. grammar/syntax
  4. clarity of sentences

Uniform textual style 5
  1. coherent pattern (titles, introductions, bylines, etc.)
  2. ‍‍format consistency (dates, names, punctuation, abbreviations, forms of address, hyphenation)‍‍
  3. rhetoric: effective (normalized) sentence, paragraph styles
  4. audience-appropriate language

Visual 5
  1. Intelligent, hierarchical use of typefaces (and visual style variations)
  2. Relevant, appropriate, high-quality images ()
  3. Effective use of color / logo
  4. Readability (all text is printed; legible size); body-text layout is visually pleasing for extended reading.

Book Structure 5
  1. "Front matter" appropriate to your projects (exs. copyright, table of contents)
  2. Consistent page numbering, use of running heads (ex. chapter short titles in header region)
  3. Back matter; title on spine if pages are sufficient for perfect binding. Back cover should include a genre classification.
Content 5
  1. Content fulfills the purpose and audience of the book
  2. Coherent structure: materials are unified, or if varied, arranged with a logical grouping
  3. Legal use of all materials (public domain, fair-use, original, or permission)

Additional Materials 5

  1. Editorial style sheet
  2. Process documents (e.g. editing log, files with tracked changes)
  3. Other evidence of effort, planning, consistency, labor...