In preparing our authors’ manuscripts for publishing, we often discuss placing epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter. Epigraphs are a classic element in book design, dating back more than 300 years—and they’re also as contemporary as current best sellers. Editor David Crumm lists 10 reasons epigraphs can be a smart option for authors. Even J.K. Rowling has used epigraphs.
This summer, Internet users around the world are seeing notices about new privacy protections at popular websites. A European Union law regulating the collection and use of our personal data went into effect and, because the Internet is global, everyone is involved in the effort. In this column, we provide a quick introduction to these important privacy issues, which we fully support.
Thoughtful manuscript formatting and treatment is integral to the overall structure and experience of reading a book. Most readers are familiar with the general elements of a book—like chapters, footnotes and appendices and how they should be arranged, but not every reader stops to consider the purpose of inline style choices like emphasis, bolded words and indentation—except […]
A person can learn a lot from just one question. Imagine what 1,000 questions can teach. Students in a Michigan State University journalism class called Bias Busters have now asked — and answered – 1,000 questions. These have become 10 guides in a series designed to increase cultural competence. Titles include 100 Questions About Hispanics […]
As the fasting month of Ramadan approaches, the world’s nearly 2 billion Muslims are preparing to focus, once again, on the Quran. Nightly gatherings of the faithful are a widespread tradition—especially to hear the Quran recited by a qari, or expert at chanting the Quran for audiences following traditional styles. Islam, after all, is a […]