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Five tips for writing in a literary collaboration

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ONE OF THE NICE THINGS ABOUT RETIREMENT is getting rid of the publishing pressure, and being able to have a little time to discover new talents both in the art and design worlds as well as journalism, cinematography and so froth.  Bénédicte Rousseau is a new rising star with her head on straight and she provides us with some essential tips about collaboration . . . give her a read: (more…)

Why have captions? Who writes them?

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After reviewing the Alex White book on publishing, I had a reader ask questions all about captions in presenting information on the web or social media.

 > I would like help on textbook captions  
 > 1) Who does the captioning of photos,
 > charts, maps, tables, side bars, 
 > marginal notes, etc?  
 > Is it the author or the editor?

All of the above…
Generally the author will write the captions based on art or photos supplied with the article or essay. However the editor will have a turn at wordsmithing and refining the text supplied by the author. (Did you ever meet an editor who didn’t have something to say about everything in the piece??) Then, the designer takes a stab at it, and in many cases will voice an opinion too. (I’ve never met a caption I couldn’t edit!) (more…)

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Fred Showker explores design, graphics, computing, social media, marketing, and the online world with an eye to entertaining, amazing information that will possibly make you think!

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