Fully [sic] …

MFU0973Okay, we all know what [sic] means when it is placed near a misspelt word in a quote. But do you know what sic really means in Latin?
It’s ‘sic erat scriptum’, which when translated means ‘thus it was written’. So the quote has been transcribed exactly as found in the original source complete with erroneous spelling or non-standard presentation. In other words, transcribed warts and all.


Publishing terms made easy

The publishing industry is rife with terms that new authors may not be familiar with. Here are some to help you out:
Author’s corrections: Corrections that an author makes to proofs that alter the original text. The typesetter will charge for the cost of making these changes. Generally the printer will allow one round of author’s corrections in the original print quote.

Epson proofs and dyelines: Epson proofs are final, coloured proofs before the printers proceed to dyelines. Generally only minor changes should be made at this late stage, such as colour corrections to images or a minor typo amended. Major rewrites are neither encouraged nor generally allowed.

file000755244602 Dyelines are proofs that are sent after Epsons and used to check pagination, and tops and bottoms of columns to make sure nothing has been dropped off. Images are also checked to make sure there are no issues. However, these are not high resolution proofs, so colour correctness needs to be checked at Epson proof change.

Next post will be about my favourite: the Em and En dash.