Archive for September, 2013

September 21, 2013

This Week’s Readings

Elizabeth Shown Mills, Gary B. Mills, Jane Fletcher Fiske, David L. Greene, Robert C. Anderson, Henry B. Hoff, Harry Macy Jr., and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, “Guidelines for Responsible Editing in Genealogy,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 84 (March 1996): 48-49.

I’m sure y’all have realized by now that I’m a bit anxious in my role as the editor of SAGA’s quarterly newsletter, The Appalachiana. Naturally, my solution is to seek advice from other editors when my confidence ebbs low. This article, for instance, was written by some of the top editors in the field at that time, and because I’ve hit my first real snag, I really needed their advice.

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September 14, 2013

This Week’s Readings

This week’s readings covers the past two weeks. The Autumn run of society publications is starting to trickle in.

The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, August 2013, Vol. 32, No. 4.
The lead article of this quarter’s VGS newsletter caught my eye right off the bat. In “What Genealogical Publications Have You Missed?” Eric G. Grundset discusses the decline of “paper announcements” of genealogical publications, such as book-length transcriptions, and the impact this has on researchers. In the third paragraph, Grundset discusses print-on-demand publishing:

Many authors using this type of service do not expect to make money on their publications, and their personal expenses behind the actual book production are fairly small. In addition, because of the lack of an actual print-run, books that are available from on-demand publishers are only sent for review if the author orders extra copies to send to the review media. Consequently, most authors do not do this because of the added costs, and genealogists do not learn through book reviews in journals or newsletters that such on-demand books are available for purchase.

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